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January 07, 2018, 10:58:48 AM
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Today I got a mail from Bitcointalk that I received a PM from a newbie member (twicticciade). When I checked in my Bitcointalk messages, there was no such message. Also, when I clicked the link in mail to reply, it says that PM doesn't exist.
Note: I wasn't able to see the message as body of message isn't there in Email.

What could be the possible reason for this ?

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January 07, 2018, 12:09:23 PM
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What was the content of the message (I believe it tells you in the email)? However, it was very likely a spam message by a bot and I believe some of those are being pruned after the account is banned so maybe that's why.

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January 07, 2018, 12:25:34 PM
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What was the content of the message (I believe it tells you in the email)? However, it was very likely a spam message by a bot and I believe some of those are being pruned after the account is banned so maybe that's why.

As a security precaution, the body of the message is excluded from the email notification if the message is sent from a newbie account.  It helps prevent cases of identity theft and people trying to impersonate more senior forum members for the purposes of fraud.  I've had at least three email notifications in the past about a private message and then there's nothing in my forum inbox when I check here.  They were probably sent en-masse to multiple accounts and easily flagged as suspicious, so I've always assumed they were deleted by the admins due to malicious content and that I wasn't missing anything important.  On occasions when they aren't deleted, the private message on the forum will also be accompanied by some bold red text stating that the message is sent from a new account and that they shouldn't be confused with any other forum members with a similar name.

In theory, there should be less abuse of it going forward with the new PM limits imposed last month.

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January 07, 2018, 07:34:34 PM
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Today I got a mail from Bitcointalk that I received a PM from a newbie member (twicticciade). When I checked in my Bitcointalk messages, there was no such message. Also, when I clicked the link in mail to reply, it says that PM doesn't exist.
Note: I wasn't able to see the message as body of message isn't there in Email.

What could be the possible reason for this ?

Maybe my comment is a little bit basic but is the email that you received really from bitcointalk.org? I mean maybe it is a phishing attempt with a similar text and a close looking email?
If it is from bitcointalk.org then I think like DooMAD said that it was deleted by staff.
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January 08, 2018, 05:36:56 PM
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Today I got a mail from Bitcointalk that I received a PM from a newbie member (twicticciade). When I checked in my Bitcointalk messages, there was no such message. Also, when I clicked the link in mail to reply, it says that PM doesn't exist.
Note: I wasn't able to see the message as body of message isn't there in Email.

What could be the possible reason for this ?

Maybe my comment is a little bit basic but is the email that you received really from bitcointalk.org? I mean maybe it is a phishing attempt with a similar text and a close looking email?
If it is from bitcointalk.org then I think like DooMAD said that it was deleted by staff.
It is really from Bitcointalk.org
Email was from noreply@bitcointalk.org and it linked to original Bitcointalk only.

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January 08, 2018, 05:38:56 PM
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That means that it was a spam PM that got wiped before you read it.

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January 08, 2018, 05:45:48 PM
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That means that it was a spam PM that got wiped before you read it.
Won't Bitcointalk automatically prevent sending of spam (before it is sent)?
A newbie user will only be allowed to send some x PMs per y period. If he exceeds this limit, he will be given an error.

Is my understanding correct? When does that 'wiping of spam' comes into play?

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January 09, 2018, 12:06:20 AM
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For large spam campaigns, I retroactively wipe the spam PMs once they are discovered.

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January 10, 2018, 06:02:52 PM
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Like mentioned above by the owner it probably got detected or reported already by a member and then removed by a staff member. The account in question that is and whatever messages they left.

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January 10, 2018, 06:47:38 PM
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I came to ask the same question. I also got an email saying ive been sent a private message but when i checked my inbox there was no message. I thought it must have been some sort of really good phishing email because all the links looked like legit bitcointalk links.

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January 10, 2018, 07:53:21 PM
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Theymos had spoken and the question was answered.
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