Discussion in 'tMP Site News & Suggestions' started by Roger Thorne, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. Roger Thorne

    Roger Thorne Active Member

    Hi Folks,

    Just a quick heads up - we are experiencing problems with an influx of spammers sending 'virus alerts' to our members via PM's. Unfortunately it reads as if it has been sent from the Administration team at tMP.

    I can assure you all that this is NOT the case and we strongly suggest you DO NOT click on this link.

    The PM will be similar to the one posted below.

    If you have, or do receive a PM similar to the one above please report it to one of our Moderators/Admin so we can take immediate action.

    Thanking you for your assistance in the above matter

    Roger (on behalf of the tMP Team)

    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 24, 2010
  2. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    If this is the virus which I am thinking of, it locks on to the operating system and administrator rights quickly and cannot be cleaned with the usual anti-virus software.
  3. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

  4. Roger Thorne

    Roger Thorne Active Member

    It's just a simple scam

  5. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

  6. Cornet Nev.

    Cornet Nev. Member

    Sorry to have not thought about giving notification to TMP staff about this, as well as being a cornet player, I am also working on computer help forums where we have noticed the rise of this type of personal message spamming. I believe the link given in this so called anti virus alert may directly unload some form of malware, though as yet this is unconfirmed. For your safety, if you receive this spam PM, do alert the staff about it and who sent it, but then delete it, do not click on the link.
  7. Cornet Nev.

    Cornet Nev. Member

    A separate reply to also alert you Roger, and other administrators, to a different approach from the spammers.
    They arrive as so called new members, and then post something innocent looking, such as--

    "Boy am I glad to have found this site it's just what I have been looking for"

    Please note the link is the apostrophe between the word it's, it usually sends you to somewhere not nice, but for demonstration purposes in my case, it sends you to TMP home page.
    It may seem a very obscure means of posting spam, but it must work or they wouldn't do it.
  8. Roger Thorne

    Roger Thorne Active Member

    Cheers Nev.

  9. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    What I don't understand though is that we have to approve ALL new members before they are allowed access to the forums...!?
  10. Independent Silver Band

    Independent Silver Band Active Member

    I didn't realise what was going on, but I have three such postings on our website in the last two weeks. What is their purpose?
  11. Roger Thorne

    Roger Thorne Active Member

    Thanks for all the PM's

  12. flugelgal

    flugelgal Active Member

    I wish that the people who do this would just "burger off" and go find someone else to bother. I'm not going to click on their links, so they're wasting both their own and my time by sending the messages. I really detest spam. GRR.

    Well done to the mods on acting quickly with reported spammers so far! :clap:
  13. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    I don't understand why they do it - they get very little out of it except the possible satisfaction of spoiling it for everyone else! :hammer:
  14. alks

    alks Member

    Ive just had another pm - so this seams to be still ongoing.

  15. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    who from?
    When you report these spammers, we can ban them
  16. alks

    alks Member

    Well i had it yesterday from "Dersterman" but looks like this user is banned from what i can see now.

  17. HowarthBrass

    HowarthBrass Member

    Yes we also had a posting from 'Dersterman' and yes, pleased to say, he has been banned.

    Mark H.
  18. Heather

    Heather Member

    just recieved one today.
  19. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    From who?
  20. Independent Silver Band

    Independent Silver Band Active Member