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September 08, 2018, 10:55:46 AM
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I've noticed recently that the number of newbie accounts posting messages with almost no added value whatsoever. Examples of these newbie accounts are (links redirect to the list of messages posted by the account):

    - trafficburg
    - liquider
    - dotmango
    - clickcrawl
    - dotlytics
    - dotvolt

Most of these messages are either service related questions (with very poor grammar). Examples of these kind of messages (taken from the list above):

    - What you charge?
    - Price
    - Package charges
    - What your packages
    - Price very high
    - Extremely expensive
    - What is your budget?
    - Facebook followers cost
    - Very good service
    - Cost
    - Portfolio

Other messages that make even less sense are 'bump'-messages on topics that they do not own. Examples linking to their corresponding post:

    - Bump
    - Up
    - Up
    - Bump
    - Bump
    - Up
    - Bump
    - Bump

None of these bumps are on topics that they own and make therefore no sense at all. I am not sure if this has already been discovered by anyone else and I am also not sure how much of a problem this is going to be, but this activity seems very suspicious (and perhaps simulated by some kind of bot?). Anyone have an idea what the reasoning behind this would be?
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September 08, 2018, 10:59:30 AM
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A 5 day auto-lock for posters making certain single words post could cure that. Include words like bump, up, and maybe even some longer phrases such as "up she rises".

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September 08, 2018, 11:18:36 AM
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A lot of threads are getting necrobumped and most of the last posts are from newbies posting similar messages with different links. I haven't checked the link but it might be a phishing link. These posts are spread throughout multiple boards (bitcoin discussion, beginners & help, marketplace). I've made several reports already and they're not stopping please nuke these accounts.

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September 08, 2018, 11:20:24 AM
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If i am not mistaken about rules of bumping threads,  it is allowed every 24-48 hours,  but two to three times a day, it is clearly a spamming, and most of the shiller/bumping accounts are newbie to jr. Members,  the only solution to it is to report to moderator. And i already reported some of those accounts.

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September 08, 2018, 11:42:45 AM
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I had reported some of the posts made by the 3 dot* accounts earlier already. They're nuked now.

    - clickcrawl
This one is still active. I'll report that one too, asking to be nuked.

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September 08, 2018, 02:35:36 PM
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   - clickcrawl
I look into his history posts and thought he was the same as the other spammers but I was wrong. It's my first time to encounter a user bumping threads even though not on his own, that was insane Roll Eyes. I'll report this one too.

Keep digging Adriandmen, props to you Smiley.

Here are some additional users who need to get reported: 
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=2343392
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=2343362

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September 08, 2018, 03:15:56 PM
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Other messages that make even less sense are 'bump'-messages on topics that they do not own. Examples linking to their corresponding post:

    - Bump
    - Up
    - Up
    - Bump
    - Bump
    - Up
    - Bump
    - Bump

None of these bumps are on topics that they own and make therefore no sense at all. I am not sure if this has already been discovered by anyone else and I am also not sure how much of a problem this is going to be, but this activity seems very suspicious (and perhaps simulated by some kind of bot?). Anyone have an idea what the reasoning behind this would be?

I usually note down the name of the thread OP when I see others bump the thread. It can be potential evidence that the OP is using alts. I then keep a close eye on the OP for messages that are the same as the Bots or alts and report them for plagiarism if it turns out the case.

I also take specific note of the  senior accounts that appear to bump or shill scams or spammed threads. Sometimes they are the senior accounts of bot operators and a lot of intel can be gained from their previous posting history.  I then keep a close eye on the senior account for messages that are the same as the Bots or alts and report them for plagiarism if it turns out the case.

Banning senior accounts and copper members that start the ANN hurts the spammers more than reporting their newbie bot accounts.

I'm not advocating NOT reporting the newbie accounts and if your are reporting masses of newbie accounts - you have my respect - I'm just saying: "keep an eye out for opportunity to hurt them hard by banning senior accounts and copper members that start the ANN"

The spammers spam so frequently that they occasionally slip up and spam using the wrong account.

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September 08, 2018, 03:24:55 PM
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September 09, 2018, 10:32:27 AM
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I also found this spammer

What good on Apollo currency, I'm in for it..
No!! Cryptocurrency will and will never die...
Yeah,, sure it will survive..
To my own belief they are scam

This user summarizes the ideas of the favorable replies from a certain thread into 4-7 words. Hope he/she will also be reported.
This is the link to his/her account: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=2349397

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September 09, 2018, 11:20:41 AM
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I usually note down the name of the thread OP when I see others bump the thread. It can be potential evidence that the OP is using alts. I then keep a close eye on the OP for messages that are the same as the Bots or alts and report them for plagiarism if it turns out the case.

I also take specific note of the  senior accounts that appear to bump or shill scams or spammed threads. Sometimes they are the senior accounts of bot operators and a lot of intel can be gained from their previous posting history.  I then keep a close eye on the senior account for messages that are the same as the Bots or alts and report them for plagiarism if it turns out the case.

Banning senior accounts and copper members that start the ANN hurts the spammers more than reporting their newbie bot accounts.

I'm not advocating NOT reporting the newbie accounts and if your are reporting masses of newbie accounts - you have my respect - I'm just saying: "keep an eye out for opportunity to hurt them hard by banning senior accounts and copper members that start the ANN"

The spammers spam so frequently that they occasionally slip up and spam using the wrong account.


I get your point and definitely agree, but the main problem here is that you cannot know with 100% certainty whether the newbie account is actually an alt or not. For example, one of the bump messages was posted on one of my topics, and I'm pretty sure that I did not initiate that message.
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September 09, 2018, 11:26:08 AM
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I also found this spammer

What good on Apollo currency, I'm in for it..
No!! Cryptocurrency will and will never die...
Yeah,, sure it will survive..
To my own belief they are scam

This user summarizes the ideas of the favorable replies from a certain thread into 4-7 words. Hope he/she will also be reported.
This is the link to his/her account: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=2349397

Well, I think this is more of a dubious case. The quality might not be of the highest form, but I would not immediately jump to the conclusion that this is a spam account, because the proof is not evident enough.
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