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Emails and phone numbers in threads

Post by Bill H. » Tue Nov 23, 2021 6:58 pm

I've noticed I'm seeing more and more emails and personal phone numbers in posts lately. I would strongly advise not to do that. For your own safety use the PM feature or emails. You can direct members to your profile for your email. There are scammers and general all around weirdos everywhere and they are very good at what they do. Give them less, they'll have less. Unlike locked sites we have "guests" who can see posts but can't access profiles. I'd hate to see anyone have an issue when steps can be taken to protect yourselves.
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Re: Emails and phone numbers in threads

Post by OldGPW » Tue Nov 23, 2021 7:10 pm

Well said Bill. It's an unfortunate fact of online life that there will always be some scammers out there looking for ways to rip someone off.
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Re: Emails and phone numbers in threads

Post by Ian Fawbert » Fri Nov 26, 2021 9:08 pm

Hi Bill,

I used to do this as a younger me... I now realise and don't do this, nor want my my number in those threads (going back 10-15+ years).

HOWEVER.... I can't go an edit those threads to remove my number.

Any suggestions?

viewtopic.php?t=42259
viewtopic.php?t=63907
viewtopic.php?t=190595&start=15
viewtopic.php?t=143363
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=249264


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Re: Emails and phone numbers in threads

Post by Bill H. » Fri Nov 26, 2021 9:18 pm

Ian Fawbert wrote:
Fri Nov 26, 2021 9:08 pm
Hi Bill,

I used to do this as a younger me... I now realise and don't do this, nor want my my number in those threads (going back 10-15+ years).

HOWEVER.... I can't go an edit those threads to remove my number.

Any suggestions?

viewtopic.php?t=42259
viewtopic.php?t=63907
viewtopic.php?t=190595&start=15
viewtopic.php?t=143363
viewtopic.php?f=8&t=249264


Cheers,
Ian.
Why, I don't know what you're on about! ;)
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Re: Emails and phone numbers in threads

Post by HankII » Sat Dec 04, 2021 6:31 am

Also - on sign up page - when new members join, how 'bout a brief line encouraging them to at least list the state they're in? ie; western PA or similar. Vague locations shouldn't compromise safety or security and are very beneficial when looking for parts & help.
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Re: Emails and phone numbers in threads

Post by pgcf » Tue Jan 25, 2022 12:18 pm

Bill,

Your point is well made.

I dropped my guard since Texas already sells my info to home buyers and car warranty people.

Thanks Again,
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Re: Emails and phone numbers in threads

Post by YLG80 » Tue Jan 25, 2022 1:59 pm

Good warning.
Do not forget that it is not necessary to physically browse the forum to collect the email and phone umbers.
Bots are doing that automatically almost every day. And they ignore the rules stored at the root of the website server.
That is the reason why in the past I have written a little script running on my server.
It generates automatically and every day a list of different fake email addresses offered for free to the bots. :lol:
You cannot stop these bots but the idea was to create a huge pollution in their database of stolen emails.
Recent bots are even able to scan emails embedded in images.
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