Some new members are bots?

Discussion in 'Feedback' started by Nik, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. Nik

    Nik Well-Known Member

    I've been seeing the odd post popping up here and there on the forum. Like the one that just came up asking if anyone smokes pot. I am pretty sure these very random unrelated posts by newbies are bots. Maybe even bots directing us to malware. Be careful about clicking on links from unknown users. I wouldn't trust it one bit. :)
     
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  2. Jarena

    Jarena Active Member

    Ok, I’ve been wondering the same thing and I have not clicked on anything. :eek:
     
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  3. AKBull

    AKBull Super Moderator Staff Member

    I'm attempting to contact that user to find out. Thank you for the heads up. :)
     
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  4. Bailey's Mom

    Bailey's Mom Super Moderator Staff Member

    Yeah, I'm on it to. Just about to send you and email. You are better at the sleuthing bit.
     
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  5. Bailey's Mom

    Bailey's Mom Super Moderator Staff Member

    I've locked it for now. AK, if you think this is okay, you can unlock.
     
  6. trg

    trg Active Member

    Thanks for the heads up, not that I would have clicked it. I’m Leary of these things too.
     
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  7. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    I've seen that user posting the same things on other dog forums. Seems suspect to me too.
     
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  8. TylerDurden

    TylerDurden Active Member

    Definitely suspect. Especially the Bitly links included in the posting (they could be legitimate but why not posting the actual link?). Thanks for looking into this.
     
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  9. TylerDurden

    TylerDurden Active Member

    I've previewed the Bitly link without actually clicking it. The URL seems legit, but it's a ".tk" domain.

    .tk is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand located in the South Pacific.

    However, this domain is definitely suspect. I definitely recommend to avoid clicking the link.
     
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  10. Smokeycat

    Smokeycat Well-Known Member

    The post where they ask if anyone has any pets made me wonder.
     
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  11. Bailey's Mom

    Bailey's Mom Super Moderator Staff Member

    Okay. AK is researching it, but he left it up to me. I have chosen for security reasons to delete the thread(s). We don't want anyone picking up a virus by clicking on to this link. I'm not as good at researching as Mr. Durden, but I was certainly alarmed to see that the "s" was missing from the "http", which to me would always mean a less secure site.

    Thanks for the info folks.
     
  12. Sheila Braund

    Sheila Braund Active Member

    Thanks for the heads up!
     
  13. Nik

    Nik Well-Known Member

    Thanks! Good to know our little community is safe. :)
     

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