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Old Jul 11, 2012, 1:28 PM   #11
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alasa98st was a spammer, and had hidden links in the [numerous] posts made since joining the forums this morning.

For example, posts with content like this in the signature including links with affiliate IDs:

Colors matching the background were used so that the spam was not visible to viewers, yet it would still show up in search engines. That's a technique we're seeing relatively often anymore, so that spam is not noticed by members and moderators. I became suspicious when a large number of old posts were being responded to, and when I used post edit features and went to non WYSIWYG mode that shows the BBCode, I noticed the hidden spam. Spammers do that kind of thing more and more anymore to evade detection (include hidden spam in their signatures).
DANG! They are getting sneakier as time goes by. I consider them crooks and there are way too many crooks anymore.

I think the spammer wanted those links to show up in the members inbox.
Was this the link that was spam? It showed up in my subscription email :
http://amzn.to/Ltsg
http://amzn.to/MKmv
I left out the last two digits
I NEVER click on any links in my email anymore without first double checking... learned that long ago.

Great Job catching them.
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Old Jul 13, 2012, 10:02 AM   #12
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Yes, the banned member had different links in different posts, all hidden from view unless you looked for them by viewing the post's text without using the WYSIWYG editor, so that you could see the BBcode.

I'm seeing more and more of that as time passes. Sometimes, I'll see simpler techniques, too (like links to transparent .gif files, or links to "smilies") for the purpose of getting more page hits for the site being promoted and improving it's search engine rankings.

Making posts without the links being visible to members is becoming a common technique being used by the spammers working on behalf of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) firms anymore. That way, they don't attract the attention of moderators.
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Old Jun 12, 2013, 10:31 AM   #13
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I got this in my inbox but don't see it here? Another spammer?

Dear jack55,

conradsaikenmn has just replied to a thread you have subscribed to entitled - When will you be reviewing the nikon d3 and d300? - in the Contact Steve's forum of Steve's Digicams Forums.

This thread is located at:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/co...-new-post.html

Here is the message that has just been posted:
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For those of you that already have a Nikon, it will still drive old autofocus ... crisp, 920,000-pixel LCD screen found on the Nikon D300, D3, and D700. ... An in Depth Review and Specification of the Digital SLR Camera Nikon ...
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Yep... That post was from a spammer (or more likely, a spam bot), posting to lots of threads with text related to their content with spam in the poster's signature.

I delete loads of spam like that every day. We're a "spam magnet" for some reason.
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Yep... That post was from a spammer (or more likely, a spam bot), posting to lots of threads with text related to their content with spam in the poster's signature.

I delete loads of spam like that every day. We're a "spam magnet" for some reason.
All established forums are spam magnets. I had a huge problem with spam on my Corvette forum I ran for 10 years... sold the forum a couple years ago.
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