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NanTheWiser Wed 25-Jan-17 21:11:16

The Housekeeping section seems to have been invaded by many spammers recently. They all repeat threads posted by other spammers under different user names, but are the same posts word for word. Always answered by another spammer with a product link. I've just reported three of them, but getting a bit pissed off by the invasion! (I know, get a life...)

cozietoesie Wed 25-Jan-17 21:12:52

Locking older threads on certain boards would help. wink

NanTheWiser Wed 25-Jan-17 21:47:35

They are all recent threads - over the last few weeks, not old ones.

cozietoesie Wed 25-Jan-17 22:02:00

Drat.

Most of those I've seen there have been older ones so the spammers are getting smarter.

Constant vigilance then. (Unless you can think of another way?)

picklemepopcorn Wed 25-Jan-17 22:02:44

I've reported a few... So tedious. They read like infomercials. "I've tried this... It was so quick and easy!"

LouMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 27-Jan-17 11:22:22

Hi all. We hear you - spamming on the boards is so frustrating and we take a very dim view of it. The best thing to do is what you're all already doing - report any suspected spam posts to us so that we can investigate, delete if appropriate and ban the poster responsible. We really do appreciate your reports for giving us the heads up.

PenelopeFlintstone Fri 27-Jan-17 11:42:10

I must be super-gullible. I'm on Housekeeping all the time and haven't seen them....unless it begins with Z....in which case, I started one!

dudsville Fri 27-Jan-17 11:45:03

I never can tell a fake thread/post from a real one!

DramaAlpaca Fri 27-Jan-17 14:32:35

I've reported so many of these recently that MNHQ must be getting sick of me!

I did manage to catch one who tried and failed to sockpuppet herself the other day, that was fun.

She posted asking about dehumidifiers for her flat, then about four posts in she replied to herself including a link to a dehumidifier - but she forgot to name change grin grin

cozietoesie Fri 27-Jan-17 15:19:26

Oops. grin

PenelopeFlintstone Sat 28-Jan-17 10:47:07

Oh! Ha ha!

DramaAlpaca Sat 28-Jan-17 18:47:57

There are so many today I can't be bothered to report them all.

NanTheWiser Sat 28-Jan-17 20:38:26

Yes, just had a look and there are at least 10 new posts - (all repeats of previous ones) since this afternoon. Agree, Alpaca, can't be bothered to report.

cozietoesie Sat 28-Jan-17 21:02:56

I'd try to report if you can - it's the only way that a pattern can be identified if one is developing. (And we don't need a board like that to become useless.)

DramaAlpaca Sat 28-Jan-17 21:31:13

That's true cozie, it's a great board usually.

I've gone through and reported anything I even remotely thought was suspicious. There were several usernames that popped up repeatedly, with the usual spammy links, so I've been busy pressing the button.

I probably should say sorry to MNHQ for clogging up their reports inbox, but they did say they don't mind grin

cozietoesie Sat 28-Jan-17 21:53:05

I doubt they do - and a vastly increased number of reports on any board should alert them to a problem developing if there is one.

StorminaBcup Sat 28-Jan-17 21:53:43

Can someone explain what spammers do? I've been a couple of really mundane threads this week that have been pulled.

cozietoesie Sat 28-Jan-17 21:56:41

Money or ego-stroking usually, one or the other.

cozietoesie Sat 28-Jan-17 21:57:22

Sorry - seeking those, I should have said.

NanTheWiser Sat 28-Jan-17 22:15:55

I have reported too, let's hope they get the message!

StorminaBcup Sun 29-Jan-17 04:57:05

Thanks cozietosie - the things people do, eh? confused

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