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Re: Spammers

Postby MJE » 17 Oct 2011, 13:17

Moonraker wrote:What? Do you mean all spam? Crikey, you need some anti-spam software.

     Well, I don't think anti-spam software, filters, and the like can always be trusted, so some people may not like to use them. I don't myself.
     I have an uncle it is impossible to e-mail, because he has some kind of filter which is set incorrectly, and anything I've ever sent for years has been rejected because it is deemed spam. But, even set correctly, they *can* reject legitimate mail.
     But if someone *suddenly* gets that much spam, I have to wonder if there is a specific cause, such as (probably inadvertently) letting someone get your e-mail address who shouldn't have.

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Re: Spammers

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 17 Oct 2011, 14:48

MJE wrote:     What about the Yahoo groups idea of asking applicants to write a few sentences about why they want to join? Would that be a good measure to introduce? Of course, a spammer may write a couple of sentences referring to their interest in Enid Blyton - but would someone joining only with the intention of spamming bother to do that? It might be a deterrent, at least, and I assume Yahoo groups introduced that idea because it works at least sometimes.
     What other measures are you considering? Is there much you can do about this?

We've only just started talking about it (as we're suddenly getting more spammers than we used to) and we won't really know what's possible until we've had a chance to discuss it with Keith. Thanks for the suggestion, though.
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Re: Spammers

Postby lwindrush » 21 May 2012, 00:43

I'm a lucky guy I keep winning the Spanish lottery and having long lost relatives in Nigeria who are recently deceased and need to transfer millions of dollars to me for my bank details.
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Re: Spammers

Postby MJE » 22 May 2012, 12:20

     I just heard from a Sudanese princess the other day (didn't even know the country was a monarchy, unless it's a kind of unofficial princess of a tribe that considers itself a separate nation even though not recognized as such by the world at large); and I don't know how many Nigerian businessmen, ex-Presidents, and the like have been referred to me for assistance because of my outstanding credentials.
     It's just odd how many of these eminent people have such bad spelling and grammar - and how many barristers apparently use the word "Barrister" as a title before their surname, like "Mr." or "Mrs." or "Dr.", and so on.
     And judging by all the lotteries I've won, I must surely be a multi-trillionaire by now! But it's strange how the organizers of them don't even know my name.

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Re: Spammers

Postby poddys » 22 May 2012, 12:25

Some of the emails are just classic - the English and the addresses etc are so obviously wrong.

I had one several years ago from the Bank Of England in Buckingham Palace!

Maybe there should be a quiz for people who want to join...

What is the name of Noddy's best friend?
Complete the titles... The xxxxx Seven + The xxxxx Five

If someone wants to join and can't get those right...
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Re: Spammers

Postby lwindrush » 22 May 2012, 16:03

There was a quiz question to join the forum it was something about a rabbit I had to google the answer, so I guess I'm here by fraudulent means!
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Re: Spammers

Postby Jake » 23 Jul 2012, 16:26

I feel sure that Enid would not have had much time for these people - after all we know how she felt about people with darker skin LOL.
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Re: Spammers

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 24 Jul 2012, 08:19

You mean like Mafumu, Oola, Tala, Sam and Boobanti, not to mention the thousands of children who wrote to her from countries like India and Malaysia? :roll:
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Re: Spammers

Postby Moonraker » 24 Jul 2012, 11:19

You beat me to it, Anita! I thought Jake's comment was rather strange. One of Enid's great strengths as an authoress was how she managed to relate to children from all over the world - indeed, our forums and especially the posts over on enidblyton.net are subscribed to by many from the Indian sub continent. Enid certainly wouldn't have "had much time for these people," not because of their race, but due to their lack of morals.
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Re: Spammers

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 24 Jul 2012, 15:40

Well said, Nigel. In Enid Blyton books it's not colour that matters, but character!
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Re: Spammers

Postby Eddie Muir » 24 Jul 2012, 18:44

Well said indeed! I couldn't agree more. :D
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Re: Spammers

Postby Julie2owlsdene » 24 Jul 2012, 20:00

Jake wrote:I feel sure that Enid would not have had much time for these people - after all we know how she felt about people with darker skin LOL.


I'm pleased this has been answered. Many people seem to believe the rubbish they've read about Enid Blyton. And all of it probably printed by people who haven't got a clue anyway! It just sells papers!!

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Re: Spammers

Postby Moonraker » 24 Jul 2012, 23:26

Maybe Jake was referring to sunburnt skin. She really thought that it was healthy to be as brown as a berry. We now know that not to be true. Keep in the shade, your health will it aid. Sleep in the sun and your life will it run.
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Re: Spammers

Postby Lucky Star » 25 Jul 2012, 19:55

He did put a LOL at the end of it. Its a puzzling remark and he doesn't seem to be about to return and explain it but I took it as a bit of a pun on the stereotype about Blyton and how her criminal characters were often "swarthy". and the fact that most of these scammers seem to originate in Africa and/or Asia. A joke that misfired perhaps?
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