Spammers are getting more sophisticatedStarted by 4 years ago●4 replies●latest reply 4 years ago●329 views
Just a quick post to inform you of a scheme used by spammers lately on the Related sites.
Here's the scheme:
They create an account on one of the Related sites and then they use the forum to post a question that looks legitimate. Because the question looks legitimate, I approve the post and then the community starts responding. After a few days or weeks, once the thread isn't active anymore, the spammer edit their post and add a spam link in the hope that the addition won't get noticed.
Case in point: https://www.embeddedrelated.com/thread/8528/choice-of-microcontroller-for-a-project
You'll notice a 'diceus' link that was just added this morning to the top post (I will delete the link soon).
I did a search on google and found out that the question had been copied from another forum:
The good news is that our community did a way better job at answering the question. The bad news is that this is an 8 years old question and the poster is fake and isn't interested in your answers.
This isn't the first time that this happens and I will need to be more vigilant when a new user starts a thread. I could certainly use your help in detecting any suspicious activity, like spammy links added to a post or questions that are copied from other sites.
Now we know.
appreciate your diligence. I expect one or two might slip past you (they are fiendishly clever), but just do your best.
Good job Stephane!!
After deleting the link, can you "lock" the thread ? And maybe add a little "info" icon explaining reasons why threads get locked.
Spammers get more sophisticated, so does Boucher, hehe.
Thanks for your findings and in-depth explanation!
just one idea that came to my mind:
change the forum so that the edit of the first post goes to moderation -
eventually that helps ;-)