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10-04-2018 01:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: spam teds woodworking plans spammer

sometimes we get too involved (or distracted) when reading the posts.
I have found that a quick scroll down the dates of the original post is a
“clue” that a spammer has hit that particular post. and they are getting
a bit more “authentic looking” with their reply posts.
so, by a quick scroll down through the first date shown on the post,
a person can go to the last post or two and see if the poster is legitimate or not.
especially if the original post is a few years old.
DO NOT RESPOND to the spam post, just flag it and Admin will take care of it later.
example attached.

ya’ll have a nice day now.

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-- I am a painter. That's what I do. I paint things --


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#1 posted 10-04-2018 01:27 PM

is their a risk of responding ?

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#2 posted 10-04-2018 01:54 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.

-- I am a painter. That's what I do. I paint things --

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#3 posted 10-04-2018 02:40 PM

Good to know thanks John.

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#4 posted 10-04-2018 03:12 PM

Thanks for the heads up, John….We do get them on here from time to time, but Cricket usually gets a handle on things before it gets out of hand…..

-- " At my age, happy hour is a 2 hour nap".....!!

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#5 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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#6 posted 10-04-2018 11:56 PM

Thanks John! Good to know.

Rick S.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#7 posted 10-05-2018 12:40 AM

Thanks

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#8 posted 10-05-2018 04:08 AM



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

When Martin still ran the place from Czechoslovakia, a disgruntled member (nothing to do with LJs, BTW) went ape with posting porn. Because of the time lag, it took awhile for the mess to get cleaned up, and some more sensitive members got PO’d and left. It’s a shame, too, because Martin’s only involvement with that debacle is that it happened on his website.

As always, good advice not to click on lnks that you don’t know where they lead. It’s like when you’re walking down the street and a guy calls from an alley saying he wants to sell you a good watch, cheap. That never ends well.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#9 posted 10-05-2018 05:52 AM

Couple years back someone posted a link to the the Ted’s woodworking plans, they are on an open site, anyone can download. Last I checked, they were still there.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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