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pdstein
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2005 5:29 pm    Post subject: Guestbook spam Reply with quote

OurChurch.Com has received an increased number of reports of guestbook spamming by porn and gambling sites. To combat the problem we are developing an automated guestbook page filtering system. Additionally, as of 9 AM EDT June 15 our staff is manually screening all guestbook page entries. You should not receive any objectionable material in your guestbook, but if somehow you do, please do not delete the entry, but notify us immediately with the URL (web address) of the page that received the spam so we can examine it immediately.

If you have any questions or comments about this, please post them here or contact us through the help desk.

In His Service,
Paul Steinbrueck
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Candle
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did not know this was a problem, had not noticed any. thanks for letting us know.
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huntingcreek
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the hard work. I recently disabled the link to my guestbook due to this, but will re-activate it. Thanks!!
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strinestown
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm glad to see that Our Church.com is on top of this! Nothing worse than doing ministry in cyberspace, and getting objectionable material.
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kidofjesus
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the information. A couple of days ago I did get some spamming of stuff in my guestbook etc. I deleted the content but I
do have the messages intact in the email notifications sent to me.
Should I forward those to you?
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pseibert
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2005 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi kidofjesus,

You were smart to save the messages. It is likely that whatever spam you received has already been screened out. However, please keep the messages and see if the same problem recurs. If it does then we would be very interested in seeing what you have so we can compare the "before" and "after."

Thanks for your help. Razz

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Pam Seibert
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medsealover
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2005 4:21 pm    Post subject: Offensive material Reply with quote

Greetings!
Although so far I have not had unwanted material in my Guest Book, I feel more relaxed that ourchurch.com is doing something about it. Keep up the good work with this honourable step.

I hope Yahoo will do the same in their chat rooms especially the Catholic and the Christian chats rooms. Spammers seem to come together to fill the screen with vulgarity and rude messages and upset the rooms.

Thank you.

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RWO
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sometimes get spam messages but have not had a problem with the guest book.

Here's an Idea, what if when people enter info into a guest book, the entry does not show up until the webmaster approves it. An email cound be sent to the webmaster stating that a guestbook entry is awaiting approval.

Just an idea,
Dave
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medsealover
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greetings!

This was not posted in my Guest Book, but was received in my "ourchurch" email account. Similar email are received periodically from such people. Here is the email. Joseph (medsealover)

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From: "charles hills" <hills_mail@msn.com>
To: undisclosed-recipients: ;
Subject: URGENT RESPOND
Date: Fri 12/02/05 10:22 PM
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Dear Friend,

Greetings to you this day, I am writing you urgently for your
cooperation in an issue I need you to handle with me. My name is Mr.
Charles Hills, and I am a banker based in the United Kingdom.

I was actually helping a friend Mr. Neenus Y. Khoshaba a businessman
from the USA transfer some of his money from Iraq during the time
Islamic terrorist thugs murdered people unjustly and destroyed their
properties without any form of pity. Neenus Y. Khoshaba was an
unfortunate victim of this attack, he was Kidnapped and Murdered on May
22, 2005. More information can be found on his death if you view these
sites.

http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/khoshaba.asp

http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/006293.php

http://wwwmiddle-east-online.com/english/?id=13566

Before his death, he had traveled to England to deposit the sum of
18,000,000.00 (Eighteen Million British Pounds) with HSBC bank which I
once worked for. These were proceeds he made secretly from various oil
deals in Iraq. I had the opportunity of knowing this because I was his
banker.

He also appealed to me to ensure that the funds were safely kept and if
anything should happen to him I should make his fiance his next of
kin.

I made frantic effort to contact any relatives of Mr. Neenus Y.
Khoshaba for the past two months without any success, his fiance died
of shock after hearing of his death. At this point I am contacting you
to act as the next of kin/original beneficiary to Mr. Neenus Y.
Khoshabas fund in the bank because the bank is planning to hold the
funds as "uncleared funds" and thus make it banks money since no one
has come forward to claim it.

I need you to stand as the next of kin so that the funds can be
processed in your name so that it can be transferred to your account. I
cannot do this alone neither can make claims to it myself that is why I
need your assistance.

If you agree to take up this responsibility, then I will facilitate the
process in making you the official beneficiary to the funds and you
will be required to contact the bank to instruct a transfer of the
funds to your account. I want to really appeal to you that as soon as
these funds are transferred to you, you will be trustworthy enough to
keep it safely and also to keep it confidential. If you agree to assist
me in this matter, you will definitely be entitled to 25% of the total
for your participation. Call me up on my telephone if you are
interested in this deal.
I await your reply.

Best Regards
Charles Hills
Financial Advisor
Tel: +447040104163
Fex:+44-871-247-5615
Contact Email:charles_acct_hills@myway.com
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the alert ,cos scam is all over the places and is not good
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lesterj
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all!

Lot's of posts to repond to, so I'll take ya one at a time:

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sometimes get spam messages but have not had a problem with the guest book.

Here's an Idea, what if when people enter info into a guest book, the entry does not show up until the webmaster approves it. An email cound be sent to the webmaster stating that a guestbook entry is awaiting approval.

Just an idea,
Dave


Hi RWO,

That's a good idea. I'll be sure to pass it on to our programmers. Thanks for the suggestion. We really appreciate all the suggestions we get as they help us to provide better service.


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Greetings!

This was not posted in my Guest Book, but was received in my "ourchurch" email account. Similar email are received periodically from such people. Here is the email. Joseph (medsealover)...


Hi Joseph,

It's good of you to be aware of scams like this. Unfortunately they have become all too common nowadays. Was this email you received in one of the free OurChurch.Com email accounts? If so, I recommend you just delete it. If not, please let me know where you received it. Thanks!


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thanks for the alert ,cos scam is all over the places and is not good


Hi shinasc_embassy,

Your absolutely right. It's a shame that so many people try to take advantage of others like this. And with email, it has gotten worse since people can send thousands of emails out in a few seconds and it doesn't cost them anything. You should always be on your guard when you receive emails from people you don't know. And always be suspicious of emails offereing to give you money. Like the old addage says, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

In His Service,
Kurt Steinbrueck
OurChurch.Com
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RWO
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have recieved those emails too. that was what I was refering too when I said we get spam........It's an email saying they want to donate a large sum of money to our church and need the church account info so they can depost the money and such. Usually somehting along those lines.


What would be nice is if we could "Block" message that come from certian IP addresses. Also by being able to enter ANY email, the sender is unknown.

If there was just some way for a system to confirm the sender by sending a link to the email they provide with a link in the email they have to click on before the message would be send to us. Then again, they could just make up bogus emails when we block them.

It's not real bad, but it does happen.

Dave
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lesterj
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi RWO,

I understand you desire to block those email. Have you tried using SpamShield Lite? It is the spam software that comes with the free OCC email accounts. You can find the settings for it by logging into your email account and clicking the "Options" link. Then click the "SpamShield Lite" link at the bottom of the middle collumn.

In His Service,
Kurt Steinbrueck
OurChurch.Com
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RWO
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lesterj wrote:
Hi RWO,

I understand you desire to block those email. Have you tried using SpamShield Lite? It is the spam software that comes with the free OCC email accounts. You can find the settings for it by logging into your email account and clicking the "Options" link. Then click the "SpamShield Lite" link at the bottom of the middle collumn.

In His Service,
Kurt Steinbrueck
OurChurch.Com


Hi Kurt,

Thanks for the info, I will check into my setting and try that if it's not already set. Smile

Thanks Again,
David Abernathy
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Shumer
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2006 7:42 pm    Post subject: GUEST BOOK HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reply with quote

Hi,

I'm getting about 10 spam entries in my guest book EVERY DAY. A couple of weeks ago I simply gave up forwarding them all to you and simply went about deleting each entry.

HOWEVER, I can barely keep up with this on a daily basis. It's a frustrating diversion.

AT THIS POINT, I WOULD REALLY RATHER DELETE THE GUEST BOOK, but that doesn't appear to be an option?

I was thankful you made the site tools optional. I have chosen not to have them on my site. I would appreciate having the same option with my guest book.

I'd appreciate your response at your earliest convenience.

Thanks.
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