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Spam coming from Sports Shooter
Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 2:50 PM on 06.10.13
->> Is anyone else getting spam messages from their SS email form?

I have been getting spam from:

Sender: masongaryss
Phone: 123456
Email: clorewntt@hotmail.com

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Just a lot of gibberish.

I've asked the minions at SS to fix this, or help do something about it, but after two feeble responses I cannot get anyone at SS to respond in any meaningful way to stop this. I have changed the password (which doesn't do anything to stop public access to my email form), but nothing works.

I was just curious if I was the only one getting this garbage.
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Robert Hanashiro, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 2:55 PM on 06.10.13
->> "minions"?
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Pat Lovell, Photographer
Bloomington | IN | US | Posted: 4:48 PM on 06.10.13
->> The way I deal with it is a three step process.

1. See that it is spam sent via the form at SportsShooter

2. Press the delete button

3. Don't sweat the small stuff
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor, Photographer
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 7:04 PM on 06.10.13
->> Yeah, "acolyte" is better than "minion."

--Mark
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Michael Fischer, Photographer
Spencer | Ia | USA | Posted: 7:15 PM on 06.10.13
->> I'm getting them as well. If SS.com can do something, great, if not, I'm with Pat. On my old OSX system I can bounce them, sometimes I'll do that.

Whoever this clown is.... karma will catch him if it hasn't already...

M
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 7:18 PM on 06.10.13
->> Yeomen.
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington - Normal | IL | United States | Posted: 8:15 PM on 06.10.13
->> Minion - One who is highly esteemed or favored; a darling.

beats a lot of others...

Spam - I delete several dozen a day, not all from here but I get a few.
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 2:45 AM on 06.11.13
->> Is there no way to track down this guy's IP address or something? It would be easy enough to just delete the email, which is what I do, but is it enough if you have a stranger playing around in your back yard to just lock the door? F*** no. You want to be rid of him.

Can I get SS admins to make a concerted effort to find and eradicate this idiot? All I hear is crickets from my email from SS.
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Pat Lovell, Photographer
Bloomington | IN | US | Posted: 1:35 PM on 06.11.13
->> Phil,

I really doubt this is one person. Spammers use bots to "sniff" out unprotected email forms on websites and blogs. Once they have the URL of the form, they put it into their spam bots and sent out email. They probably have a bot that goes down the members list alphabetically (or randomly) and email members.

They use IP Proxy services which will send mail out from a different IP address each time, so they aren't using their actual IP address.

You can find lists of IP Blocks that are used by the proxy servers and block groups of IP addresses but, these spammers are crafty, once you find a way to thwart their efforts, they have several back up plans at their disposal.

The only way to stop this would be to allow only logged in members to send email and I think that changes the dynamic of the website.
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 7:04 PM on 06.11.13
->> Is the SS email form "unprotected"? We have to click a spammer question in order to send emails... This has to be done manually... just asking and seeking ways to stop the abuse. No telling what he or she will do next...
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Pat Lovell, Photographer
Bloomington | IN | US | Posted: 8:29 PM on 06.11.13
->> Unless there are an infinite amount of questions and answers, then no. Asking a simple addition/subtraction or yes/no question is not protection.

I've seen spam bots break two word/number combination captchas in a few seconds. That's the bad part of programming, if someone wrote the code, someone else can figure out how to bypass it or work around it.

I've been programming since the early 80's and there are no unbreakable captchas or forms on the web. I totally understand your frustrations Phil but, honestly, it's very hard to stop spammers, if SS makes a change today, they will make changes to their bots and be spamming again tomorrow morning.
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 12:28 PM on 06.12.13
->> I guess in looking at it from a spammers viewpoint, what's the advantage of sending me a spam message from the SS email form? Especially one so filled with obvious, lengthy spam it has virtually no chance of being mistaken for a true message. I have no contact list to spam, and they don't come every day, maybe twice a month. Maybe there's nothing one can do, but so far as I can see, no one is even trying. I'm still hearing crickets from SS. Oh well, such is life on the internet.
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Clark Brooks, Photo Editor, Photographer
Urbana | IL | USA | Posted: 11:30 AM on 07.29.13
->> The crickets continue to chirp. It appears spammers have figured out how to get around SS anti-spam confirmation. Like many others I have also received regular messages from masongaryss, and in my case, I had to create a mail filter to automatically send the weekly message to the trash. Now, another one to add to the list. Today, I got a new for Xanax from:

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Sender: ZxBreKFczR
Phone: 123456
Email: Hunzeker50991@gmail.com
Sender's IP address: 46.119.121.47
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David A. Cantor, Photographer, Photo Editor
Toledo | OH | USA | Posted: 4:35 PM on 07.29.13
->> Clark,
I think you should send the Xanax to Phil.

My work here is done...
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Todd Spoth, Photographer
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 4:58 PM on 07.29.13
->> Im getting like 5 or so a day. Just happened recently too. Sent an email to Jason. Hopefully it can be resolved.
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Kent Nishimura, Student/Intern, Photographer
Honolulu | HI | USA | Posted: 5:47 PM on 07.29.13
->> Clark, i know ZxBreKFczR. nice dude. sells xanax to a lot of people...

luckily i havent gotten much spam from SS.

::knocks on wood::
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 11:10 PM on 07.29.13
->> I too get them every day.
It's very painful and I may have to seek therapy for this but I have found pushing D.E.L.E.T.E. seems to work quite well.i mean it takes me less than a second...unless I use my superpowers...then it takes somewhat less time.
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David Welker, Photographer, Assistant
Springfield | MO | USA | Posted: 12:20 AM on 08.13.13
->> I wanted to add my experience from the past month to this. I get 20-30 emails a day spawning from my sportsshooter page. This is concerning for two reasons:

1. All of these emails go straight to my spam folder. So if an actual client emails me through my page, it will get filtered down into my spam filter which makes me have to actually check my spam filter for sportsshooter emails.

2. Should there be a better spam filter on the page to deter this? It seems that if I am getting at least 20-25 guaranteed a day from my page, the spam filter is obviously not doing its job.

A bit ridiculous if you ask me.
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