thereisatodd

Dec 22, 2009

Tonight I've gotten a couple OKcupid IMs from people with relatively filled-out profiles asking me to take the conversation to AIM, where they can presumably insert links for me to click on that will give me computer viruses, ruin my credit, bring us peace without honor, and generally make me sad in the pants.

Here are the two I got tonight:

(3:35:19 am)YouRinNYChic:hi. late evening, eh?
(3:36:04 am)YouRinNYChic:aw man. this chat window is lagging. will u hit me up on aol/aim if you're interested in getting to know one another? my screen name is ISeeThroughU4, i'll get on that instead.

(5:23:09 pm):why hello there~ ;-)
(5:23:48 pm)thereisatodd:hiya
(5:23:54 pm):hmm weird. either your not interested or you arent getting my messages :( anyway, my aim name is TheColorGreen53 if you're interested in talking.

 

I think they're getting smarter...

CoffeeBaron

Dec 22, 2009

I got one of those tonight. The whole profile looked normal at a glance, and was as well written as any run of the mill net-speak profile on the site. I got suspicious when the "what I'm doing with my life" section talked about being an undecided full time community college student thinking about psychology, whilst "The Skinny" listed a financial career making 50-60,000. Of course, my asking (repeatedly) only furthered the bot script, so I deleted the user from AIM and flagged her here after she posted her link. Probably the best bot/scammer I've come across.

EDIT: I got that exact same ISeeThroughU4AIM user but the Cupid user was Autumn2Ashes from Shutesbury Mass - same "Late evening/lagging chat window" deal too.

DK_Daniel

Dec 23, 2009

Just about to post the same thing.  I've gotten about half a dozen of these IMs in the last few days.  The most recent one had also had a very filled out profile: http://www.okcupid.com/profile/Autumn2Ashes  My guess is it was copy/pasted from another profile.  OKCupid should probably just block any profiles that try to use Beverly Hills as the city.  Every one of them is fake.  No one living in Beverly Hills is using this site.  So just block 90210 as a zip for profiles.

 

EDIT: Looks like I got hit by the same as the last poster.

ANewChallenger

Dec 23, 2009

Ditto, just received this almost immediately upon logging in. Autumn2Ashes, ISeeThroughU4 AIM user name. Didn't have time to administer Voight-Kampff. They're getting craftier by the minute.

sing_le

Dec 23, 2009

These particular scammers have ignored me.

newadam

Dec 23, 2009

I got the exact same one.

why hello there~ ;-)

[12:13:33 pm]newadam:hi

[12:14:04 pm]CherryCherryBoo:hmm, this im window is freezing me up. mind taking this to aim/aol? my screen name is TheColorGreen53 if you're interested. <3

[12:14:36 pm]newadam:haha, that's ok

AlCappuccino

Dec 23, 2009

I got that one also, those damned bots are getting more clever. 

DK_Daniel

Dec 23, 2009

Just got CherryCherryBoo as well.  Guess it's time to finally quit this site.  There's more fake women than real ones.

Daannyy

Dec 23, 2009

never got one these so far so good here...

SaucyCirce

Dec 23, 2009

Thanks you guys- last night we got some REALLY good flags from the people who DID get this spam.  We saw- literally- dozens of flags with snippets of the conversations and the email addys and outside links.  Thank you everyone!  I believe those profiles are all gone, aren't they?  I think once we had the evidence they made the circuit pretty quick.
If anybody ever gets an email or an IM trying to lure them offsite, to a cam site or a porn site, flag the message or do a cut and paste to flag the IM.  It is soooo helpful! We'll still investigate, but its great to have something concrete to put your finger on.  And once we've identified a phony-photo, those have a tendency to reappear too.

The scammers can only get SO bright. They HAVE to give out their email addy or the URL...once they do that, we'll get them.  But only if people keep flagging!

Roger_Dodger

Dec 23, 2009

The most recent one had also had a very filled out profile: http://www.okcupid.com/profile/Autumn2Ashes My guess is it was copy/pasted from another profile.

I can confirm that. A quick search on some of the profile content usually reveals the innocent user who's been copied.

LMLFRANKLML

Jan 14, 2010

I'd have to say, I did recently get a response to a craigslist post I made a while ago, saying I should IM the screenname TheColorGreen 53 as well.  They really are getting smarter, lol.  Why can't sites just block the IP's of the perpetrators?  There would be so much less wasting of bandwidth.

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