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#1 posted 10-04-2018 04:14 PM

not unless you open a link within their post.
which “could” contain spyware or malware. but once you open it, you will never know
until your computer or phone goes all funky on you.
Teds WoodWorking Plans is one of the worst for containing malware (from what I hear).
they change their name every year or so – but is still the same bogus site.
eventually the spam post is deleted by Admin – and if you did respond, it leaves your post
just sort of dangling out there in the wind, making no sense.
and yes, I have been a victim on numerous occasions, just now getting a finger on the pulse
of how scammers and spammers work on the WWW.

the Sheriff and her Posse does an outstanding job of keeping the threat down.
but when the Admin members are on the Central or West Coast time zones, the East Coast
members are usually the first ones that see it. which makes them more vulnerable to the threat.
just pay attention to what you are responding to.

- John Smith

I’ve inadvertently followed several Ted’s Woodworking links in the past and there was never an issue with malware. It’s ‘legit’ in so much as it doesn’t contain anything nasty. In fact, there was an article I read where someone wrote about purchasing the plans to see what they were like. The plans were ‘ok’, but mostly ripped off from freely available plans you could find on the Internet and just thrown together in a bunch of folders. There were also maybe 2,500 plans rather than the 16k claimed.

So, yes, an annoying scam, but not malware.

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