Spam rears its ugly head again

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Real Estate Agent with Prominent Realty Group

It seems these things come in cycles. You open your email up and watch as all of your contacts for today start appearing. Ho, what's this?  Contacts from AR. Potential clients? Investors wanting to spend millions in your market?  Confused, scared home buyers needing expert guidance and assistance?

Ah, no....ads for a motorforum and cheap pills.... 

That was case this morning. However, I have to give kudos to AR for taking swift action. By the time I was ready to delete and report the offending posts, they were already taken care of.  Considering the size of this site now, its very impressive.

Spammers have gotten more creative in the last year because of better spam control techniques. Google, Yahoo and MSN have all avowed to fight spammers and remove them from their indexes.

What about your own site or blog?  There are some easy steps to take help eliminate quite a bit of spam.

First, remove your email link from your home page. You can list it in plain text, but a link to contact page from the home page will help remove some spammers. On your contact page, make sure you have a security measure (like here) in place. The minimally sophisticated spammer will be running a script that can auto populate a contact form.  Same thing for comments in a blog, although most blogs have no follow in comments so there isn't much value to spammer. However, some still spam them.

Second, you can install some anti-spam software on your blog. There are several paid and free ones that are excellent, just google the term and you'll find them. -Charles

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Rainer
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Darrel Quebedeaux
Evergreen Realty & Associates Inc. - Newport Coast, CA
Hooray for AR's efforts to keep the forum clean.
Jun 26, 2007 12:47 PM #1
Rainer
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Ronnie Roach
PrimePay Business Services - Kill Devil Hills, NC

Jacqulyn,

My name is Diji Buttu from the Honorable Republic of Rip You Off.  I have 18 gazzillion dollars and I am willing to give you 40% of the proceeds if you give me your bank account number.  Thats right - 40% of 18 gazzillion dollars is a lot of mohlay.  Send me your information and I will transfer the funds. 

Jun 26, 2007 12:52 PM #2
Rainer
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Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL
Whatever I was getting, it was in my email but when I got to the post it was gone, each time. The AR Folks knew about it and were working hard yesterday to take care of it :)
Jun 27, 2007 04:37 AM #3
Rainer
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Jacqulyn Richey
Prominent Realty Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate
OMG this post was spammed too! -Charles
Jun 28, 2007 01:34 PM #4
Rainer
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Matthew Pellerin
Realty Executives - PhoenixHomes.com - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Homes Team

Good one Ronnie!

Spam comes and goes... but when will it be gone forever?  Probably not until email costs money per email sent.  We use spam assasin on our server, seems to work very well for us as it catches about 140 a day on one email account of mine alone.

Other options for posting your email address on your website: use a java script to hide it while still leaving it click-able for the real users.

Matt Pellerin
PhoenixHomes.com

Jul 01, 2007 07:59 AM #5
Rainer
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Jacqulyn Richey
Prominent Realty Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Real Estate
I think a spam filter is a must any more, just like anti-virus software. -Charles
Jul 01, 2007 01:06 PM #6
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Dwayne West

We get about 25-30 of those Emails Daily. I win the lottery every day, I need to help every one in africa transfer money to the Untited states, and all of my bank accounts (50 of them) are locked or need verification. I just want to sell real estate. this gets crazy some times.

Dwayne West, Atlanta Real Estate specialists.

Aug 06, 2007 03:17 AM #7
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