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    WW2010
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    hey everyone.

    Ive found out that my email address has been scanned from flyingsolo and used by a dating site. Beware. Once your email addy is up in the web then its on almost every dating site in the world. Dating sites feed off each other like porn sites do.

    Hackers send bots to scan the web with anything that has a @ in the sentence. They then reference the site in the message to make it seem like a personal message and not one sent by a machine…. Check this email i got this week.

    Hello Sweetie,

    My name is Judy, i’m a free minded, open hearted girl i like to take life as easy as i could, i’m one of the few that still belives in friendship,love, trust and signs, am very much single and ready to mingle. was browsing through the internet and came across your contact at (http://www.flyingsolo.com.au) belive me i like what i see, it will be my sincere pleasure to be your friend if you don’t mind, i hope you will not take my request for granted, feel free to email me,i will appreciate it if you can send me some pics, i look forward to hear from you soon.
    Take care.
    Judy.

    There looking for lonely suckers. If your lonely(i am actually). Dont be a sucker.

    Best of luck

    Reece

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    sam_leader
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    Hi Reece,

    Sorry to hear you were affected – we’re aware that it’s happened to a handful of folks but are confident the issue will not escalate. You have done a good job of explaining the background – obviously tech minded! But for those who are interested in more detail, have a read of the following from our tech guy:

    “When a new site goes live, Google begins to re-index the pages to list in search results, and unfortunately not far behind come the spam bots who crawl the page looking to harvest email addresses listed on a public page. The they then link email addresses they find listed online (on article comments, forum posts or related websites) and then send a spam message falsely using the name of the related website (in this case Flying Solo).

    We’ve tripled-checked our database and can assure you that all the information is safe and secure. Once the new site settles down the bots should lose interest and move on to greener pastures so this is expected to be a one off.”

    Apologies again, Reece, and anyone else affected.

    As for being lonely, come and hang out on the forums! I assure you you’ll never be lonely again :)

    Sam

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    Chris Bates
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    Hahaha I got this to two of my email addresses :P

    Apparently she is whoring around… I thought Judy was the one!

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    kathiemt
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    I got that email too. I didn’t see it as someone scanning and grabbing my email address (email harvesting which happens often), I just assumed they’d sent a message from here. I simply marked them as spam and ignored them. It’s rare spam messages get through my filter – that one and any others like it, won’t get through again.

    Unfortunately it’s something we all experience here on the web and we learn to handle it through various pieces of software.

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    Jake@EmroyPrint
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    Listen, all of you get your bloody hands of Judy.

    She messaged ME first, and it’s obvious we were meant to be!

    – Jake

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    Trish FCA
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    Lol, lol, lol

    You all make me laugh. Reece, how the hell could you be lonely with all these nutcases. I love it when the lunatics take over the asylum.

    Still laughing at you lot :-)

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    Leisa D
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    Judy is probably an overweight, middle aged man in the Ukraine planning to use your identity to aquire a credit card.

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    YoungNomad
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    LOL I replied for a laugh … and got another email with her “pictures” and her sob story. Deleted after that.

    Beware guys!!!

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    lutrov
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    I actually decided to “play along” to one of these scams, around a couple of years ago. Naturally, I documented the entire “transaction” here:

    http://lutrov.com/blog/scamming-the-scammers

    If you have a spare fifteen minutes, you might find it amusing. Just be aware that some phraseology might be slightly offensive.

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