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    Oct 13, 2008
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    How often have you seen something like this on a discussion board you participate in?

    filthy spammer said:
    Company Details - PIRATES OF YOUR WALLET
    Incorporation Date: 19-01-2000
    Registered No.XXXXXX

    We are mobile phones wholesalers,we deals on all brands and models of mobile Phones.very good prices. we have mobile phones accessories such as battery,charger,keypad,housing,datacable....

    We have been able to provide best prices base on the fact that we are major distributor here in United Kingdom and we order our product directly from the manufacturer. So we have been able to give out best prices for our entire product...

    Goods Condition.....
    We have the product in stock and we can supply you according to yourinterest. Also note that all our product are brand new, factory seal in their original pack,including 1 year international warranty and 90days return policy for detective return.

    Please check our prices.........

    Original Apple Product...

    Apple iPhone (3G) 8GB Unlocked @220usd
    Apple iphone (3G) 16GB Unlocked @ 260usd

    Apple iPhone 4GB Unlocked @ 180usd
    Apple iPhone 8GB Version Unlocked @210usd
    Apple iphone 16GB version @ 220usd

    Manufactured: Finland.....
    Nokia N97 32gb unlocked @ 370usd
    Nokia N97 16gb unlocked @ 340usd
    Nokia N96 16GB Unlocked @ 320usd
    Nokia Aeon...400usd
    Nokia N95 8GB @250usd
    Nokia N93i@210usd

    HTC G1 unlocked cost 380usd
    HTC OMNI unlocked COST 310USD
    HTC Shift X9500 Unlocked cost 360usd
    HTC Touch 3G (Unlocked) cost 250usd
    HTC Touch HD (Unlocked) cost 350usd

    Blackberry Storm 9530 @340usd
    Blackberry Storm 9500 @320usd
    BlackBerry Pearl 8120 @270usd
    BlackBerry Curve 8310 @250usd
    Blackberry Curve 8320 @240usd

    Sony Ericsson
    Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 @300usd
    Sony Ericsson C902 @ 320usd
    Sony Ericsson Z780 (Unlocked)@ 320usd
    Sony Ericsson G502 (Unlocked) 310usd

    Sony Vaio CR420E/R 14.1" Notebook PC @ $450usd
    Sony VAIO VGN-AR610E AR Digital Studio 17" Notebook PC @ $480usd
    Sony VGN-FZ320EB 15.4" FZ Series Notebook PC @ $390usd
    Sony VAIO VGN-FE770G 15.4" Notebook PC @ $380usd
    Sony VAIO N370E/W Notebook @ $340usd

    Apple MacBook Air 80gb @$670usd
    MacBook Pro Intel Core 2 Duo 17"/2.6Ghz/2GB/250GB @ $610usd
    MacBook Pro 15in 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo 2gb/120/Superdrive @ $450usd
    Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro - Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6GHz 2GB/200GB @ $630usd
    MacBook Pro 15in 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 2gb/200/Superdrive @ $530usd
    Apple MacBook Pro 17" TFT 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo @ $450usd
    Apple MacBook Pro 17 Laptop (2.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor @ $900usd

    Shipping and Delivery....
    Our delivery services are superb as we run a 48 hours delivering system via courier services like FEDEX to all parts of the world. We deliver all our order to our customer doorstep within 36hours of purchase..

    Required Information....
    Note that immediately we receive your address and your phone number, we will
    proceed with the transaction by giving you a Proforma invoice for your order which stated
    details of your order and other related information. .

    We are devoted company base in Uranus and we strongly assure you that you will have a nice time dealing with our company.

    Please do reply back as soonest, as we will be waiting for your reply.

    Company Details - PILLAGERS OF YOUR TIME
    Incorporation Date: 19-01-2000
    Registered No.XXXXXX
    Address: XXXXX

    Well, the above is the sign of an internet forum spammer.

    These groups use robots to sign up for forum membership and as soon as they gain access, they throw these ads up on whatever forums they get to first. These robots have gotten smart, and can fill out a CAPTCHA better than some humans can.

    How Do I Know It's Spam?
    "New User" "New Member" and a post count under 5 are good indicators. Remember, these degenerates blast as many posts onto the forum as they can at one time. Off topic posts (in the example below, a sales post outside of the classifieds subforum) are also an indicator. If in doubt, report it anyway, and let a moderator make the decision.

    What Can I Do?

    Well, since they're bots, responding to them is a waste of your time and everyone else's.

    Every response you make just brings more eyes to the spam thread - which is what the filthy spammers are after.

    The best way to deal with them is to report them. After you report them, post a simple response of "Reported" or "Reported as spam" and anyone else looking will know the offensive post will soon be gone.

    Every forum has a method of reporting posts. Somewhere around the top or bottom of the spam post will be a
    or a
    button. When you click it, you'll come to a simple PM screen. Just put "SPAM" in the field and send it on. This feature is tied in to the emails of moderators, who will come and flush the thread from the forum.

    Reporting mechanism on a VBulletin forum:

    Reporting mechanism on a phpbb forum:

    Remember: This works on almost every discussion board out there, and the quicker you report them, the quicker the filthy spam will be gone.

    Have a nice day.
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