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10 November 2012 @ 03:17 pm
What's the deal with the sudden influx of people coming into LJ with random, inappropriate comments that are obviously phishing? I've had three of them in the past week - two only today. Is this people getting LJ accounts to try to get us to answer stuff that's clearly totally bogus and scams? Has anyone else had this problem? It's recent.
eglantine_breglantine_br on November 10th, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
I got that one today too. From the same 'name.' I think it must be machine generated, and triggered by some word or series of words in the post. Such a pain. I marked it as a scam, and it deleted.
John Louisgrail76 on November 11th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
I've had it. Sometimes as comments to things I wrote years ago.
tsuruko_senseitsuruko_sensei on November 11th, 2012 12:54 am (UTC)
Like everyone else, I had it a couple of days ago to a post made in 2008.
shakatany: scholarcatshakatany on November 11th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
Your first comment from berepys44 seems to be from the old-style spammer that actually had an LJ account. You can report that as spam to LJ. I used to occasionally get those kinds too. Nowadays, for the past several weeks, I've been getting similar weird comments but now they are anonymous and all I can do is delete them. I don't get the point of them - the comments are practically incoherent and can be quickly deleted but it is annoying and takes up my time.

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agoodwinsmithagoodwinsmith on November 11th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
I've had an increase in spam, but just regular gibberish spammyness. If berespys44 is a sample, that is spam with creepy sauce. Ew.
Azure Jane Lunaticazurelunatic on November 11th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
That is indeed a sample. :(
lilacsigil: 12 Apostleslilacsigil on November 11th, 2012 03:29 am (UTC)
Yes, there's a huge number of them happening right now, all with the creepy "crush on you". I'm getting about four a day, and other people are getting far more. The best thing to do is delete and report and eventually LJ will track down the ISP(s) and stop them making accounts.
Shalanna: flowercatshalanna on November 11th, 2012 03:51 am (UTC)
I'm getting the "crush on you" thing verbatim as shown. But what I don't get is WHY?? Nobody sane is going to click on that link. *facepalm*
Merrowlondonbard on November 11th, 2012 04:31 am (UTC)
I've had an epidemic of the "crush on you" spam, (with different links at the end of the comment,) but the comments have all gone to RPG journals and many of them are on very old posts.

It has turned into a kind of lucky dip, with bits of old plots and stories turning up at random in my inbox.
David Newgreen4thofeleven on November 11th, 2012 04:44 am (UTC)
I choose to believe there really are large numbers of people with secret crushes on me who for some reason can only bring themselves to confess on three-year old posts about broken VCRs...
RyokoMusoukaryokomusouka on November 11th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
No, you're not the only one. It's pretty damned annoying. I got something like a dozen on the same post from a couple of years ago, and I finally had to make that entry private.
Elizabeth McCoy: DjinnBetharchangelbeth on November 11th, 2012 05:20 am (UTC)
It's spam -- a friend of mine just disabled anon commenting because of anon-spam. What you do is click on the "not" (circle with line through it) icon near the user-name of the spammer -- if you hover a second, that should be the "report spam" button. Then you report them, and that bans them from further commenting.
Willowgreenwillowgreen on November 11th, 2012 06:36 am (UTC)
I got the exact same message in a journal I haven't updated in at least five years, on a post about hand-knitted socks. Of course, the post *was* titled "Sock Fetish"...
Heliona: tigersheliona on November 11th, 2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
Yep, I've had two of the "crush" posts by registered LJ users on a Livejournal I haven't posted to in years. Because they were registered users, I could report them to LJ, but it is rather annoying (although I did find it rather amusing too, like 4thofeleven).

Edited at 2012-11-11 03:51 pm (UTC)
Jannejanne on November 11th, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
Also got first spam ever on a RPGs post from 2005. So definitely a bot, nobody else bothers to go that far back.
coelicoeli on November 11th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
I got the "secret crush" spam on a journal entry that's actually an in-character prop diary for a murder mystery dinner. In it, the North Pole's PR agent is going on an anonymous rant about how much he loathes Christmas music. I can only conclude that the spammerbot also hates "Little Drummer Boy."
kitmizkit on November 11th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
I just shut down non-friends comments on my LJ because of that, and turned Captcha on. Bleh, sez I. Bleh.
magnet5 on November 11th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
I've been getting them for more than a year. But never consistently or frequently and usually to old posts. Did get a crush one just recently.
tesslouisetesslouise on November 12th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
Same here, for me it's a longstanding problem. They show up on my recipe posts because those are public. The comments are often in Russian.
Professor Liddle-Oldmanliddle_oldman on November 12th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, my, yes. "People" asking me to post more of my insightful thoughts, and confessing long-simmering crushes, all attached to posts that are years old. I am absolutely bewildered as to what these are supposed to do, other than increase the unhappiness of the world.