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  • May 21st, 2017 3:53 pm
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Dave98 wrote:
May 19th, 2017 7:59 am
Yup. Looks like they have multiple usernames. I got one from "foisneaker" . Registered on RFD at 1:13am May 19th

I thought it was a phishing attempt. Didn't click the link.
Mine PM was also from foisneaker.
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DAMn I clicked it. am i screwed now?
Link points to http://forums.redflagdeals.com.%2A%2A%2A%2A%2A/
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ugh, i clicked on it too but the link doesn't go anywhere... or at least, this is the "link" http://forums.redflagdeals.com.%2A%2A%2A%2A%2A/

mine came from sentangman
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EEE2 wrote:
May 19th, 2017 9:57 am
DAMn I clicked it. am i screwed now?
Link points to http://forums.redflagdeals.com.%2A%2A%2A%2A%2A/
If you clicked the link within the email notification from us that would only link back to RFD. If you clicked the link from within the PM itself you could potentially be at risk.
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Conquistador wrote:
May 19th, 2017 8:45 am
Mine was from vageeksdad and I reported it accordingly.
I got it too.
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TomRFD wrote:
May 19th, 2017 8:27 am
I just banned all the accounts mentioned so far. I also added the URL to the censor so hopefully that'll prevent the links in future ones from not working. We'll continue to monitor and ban any accounts we see spamming this.
TomRFD wrote:
May 19th, 2017 10:32 am
If you clicked the link within the email notification from us that would only link back to RFD. If you clicked the link from within the PM itself you could potentially be at risk.
so i clicked the link from the within the PM just now, but i first checked what it linked to by higlighting it, and it said: http://forums.redflagdeals.com.%2A%2A%2A%2A%2A/

the link didn't up working, took me to a dead page...

am i safe?

thanks to the mods for addressing this right away btw.
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bk2the6ix wrote:
May 19th, 2017 10:57 am
so i clicked the link from the within the PM just now, but i first checked what it linked to by higlighting it, and it said: http://forums.redflagdeals.com.%2A%2A%2A%2A%2A/

the link didn't up working, took me to a dead page...

am i safe?

thanks to the mods for addressing this right away btw.
Looks like my censor took effect to kill the link off. You're safe if that's the link you saw.
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TomRFD wrote:
May 19th, 2017 8:27 am
I just banned all the accounts mentioned so far. I also added the URL to the censor so hopefully that'll prevent the links in future ones from not working. We'll continue to monitor and ban any accounts we see spamming this.
Easy way to fix this is to prevent people from sending PM's unless they have X number of posts.
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TomRFD wrote:
May 19th, 2017 11:08 am
Looks like my censor took effect to kill the link off. You're safe if that's the link you saw.
thanks! great response time from the RFDteam.

looking forward to discussing how to prevent this in the future.
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adamtheman wrote:
May 19th, 2017 11:10 am
Easy way to fix this is to prevent people from sending PM's unless they have X number of posts.
That's actually how it is set yet somehow it didn't work. I'm looking into that now.
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TomRFD wrote:
May 19th, 2017 11:11 am
That's actually how it is set yet somehow it didn't work. I'm looking into that now.
It turns out that a setting was incorrectly set. Now all new users have to pass the moderation queue before sending a PM. We're looking into additional ways to limit the possibility of this happening again by placing more restrictions on new accounts.

@dsinnyp also nuked all the PM's sent from the offending accounts so none of those PM's should be in anyones inbox now.

Thanks to everyone who reported this spam to us. It makes our jobs a lot easier.
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TomRFD wrote:
May 19th, 2017 12:10 pm
It turns out that a setting was incorrectly set. Now all new users have to pass the moderation queue before sending a PM. We're looking into additional ways to limit the possibility of this happening again by placing more restrictions on new accounts.

@dsinnyp also nuked all the PM's sent from the offending accounts so none of those PM's should be in anyones inbox now.

Thanks to everyone who reported this spam to us. It makes our jobs a lot easier.
Next threads: "I got a mail about message but nothing in my inbox" "Missing Private Message HELP!!!!!111"

LOL
The myth on the Internet is that Canadians are nice people. Those people who say this just haven't been on RFD.
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ToniCipriani wrote:
May 19th, 2017 12:55 pm
Next threads: "I got a mail about message but nothing in my inbox" "Missing Private Message HELP!!!!!111"

LOL
It's pretty much inevitable. :lol:

I'll sticky this for the weekend to hopefully make it more visible.
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I got an email today
You have received a new private message at RedFlagDeals.com Forums from
tentcredin, entitled Get VIP deals today.

This is the message that was sent:
***************
Hi,

You have been choosen to get VIP shopping deals at
But nothing in my PM. Just email
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I didn't click the link in the PM. But I did hover my mouse over it - to see where it directed to.

But wasn't the link to a RFD forums page? Did they create a redirect page that had a seemingly legit URL?

The weblink didn't seem all that suspicious. The PM itself ... well it does seem shady.
Keigotw wrote:
May 19th, 2017 2:27 pm
I got an email today


But nothing in my PM. Just email
It appears that they have deleted the PMs.
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