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New hubbers joining to send mail

  1. sixtyorso profile image77
    sixtyorsoposted 8 years ago

    I have recently had about 3 hubbers saying:
    They like my profile, and would I respond to their private address (normally a yahoo one) so that they can send more details and photos. Be careful once you respond they have your true mail address.
    Could hub pages not monitor new or inactive hubbers who send mail?
    I monitored some of them and they never write hubs and their hubativy is zero.
    So I can only assume they are joining hubpages to send spam.
    Perhaps hub pages can add a cryptogram as part of the log on for the first time to prevent automated hacking?
    I am not sure how big this problem is.

    1. agvulpes profile image88
      agvulpesposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      G'day mate this topic is getting covered quite a bit at the moment so it must be a common thing.
      Best thing is to scroll to bottom of email and press the 'report as spam or abuse button'.

      1. sixtyorso profile image77
        sixtyorsoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I am a bit reluctant to immediately report as spam but I guess you are right.

        1. Inspirepub profile image79
          Inspirepubposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Believe me, it's spam.

          Even with a profile pic that is obviously female, I am solicited at least once a week by girls who "like my profile" and want to send me pictures.

          The more people who report it, the faster those users meet with The Wrath Of Maddie, She Who Avenges The Spammed, The Abused, The Downtrodden, And The Gratuitously Promotionally Linked.


          1. sixtyorso profile image77
            sixtyorsoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks for your good advice. it looks like this problem is more pervasive than I thought!

    2. SEM Pro profile image84
      SEM Proposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      GREAT point Sixtyorso! Glad you posted this because I too have received mail from people who seem to think this is some sort of dating site (bent on simply free sex). No profile, no pic, no hubs - it would be nice not to receive those. I also found someone who'd contacted me and posted a profile saying they would love to connect with any married women... Hoping trashy articles are limited so as not to attract more of this type. It is the internet though, and thus, open to all...

      One such contact had posted a blank profile and I think mistakenly added their actual profile as a fan - can't be sure but would love to know if that's true. Needless to say, something other than a mere report of this would limit further annoying and disrespectful activity.

  2. FunFacter profile image56
    FunFacterposted 8 years ago

    I think there are many scammers/spammers out there that hire people to do some dirty work for them. Thank you for the help. I never reply to any such emails. Why would I want to see photos of someone?

  3. girly_girl09 profile image77
    girly_girl09posted 8 years ago

    I just report them and don't respond. I've gotten some sketchy messages such as people wanting to know my name and where I live.

    Perhaps a safety measure could be that one has to write several hubs before being allowed to send private messages?

    Although, on the other hand, I've gotten some messages from students in regards to several topics that I've written on and they wouldn't have been able to message me if they had to write a few hubs first.