I noticed that somehow it appears Ning implemented something that finally foiled the "two-letter" spam registrations we've been plagued with for months. I used to get dozens a day - haven't had a single one for a couple weeks now.
Or have the spammers just changed tactics?
A second profile was created for someone I know personally in Washington State - at 3:00 am his time, yet from an IP address in India.
I still have yet to confirm that it is false. But if it is, the falsifiers did enough research to make sure all the information was correct.
Has anyone else seen this happening in their networks?
Ning implemented spam defeating about a week ago. I am getting no spam and all I am using is a captcha.
I confirmed the profile was false.
In years with Ning networks I've never seen anyone go through that much effort to create a false profile, based on real data for a real person. The only thing false about it is they created their own gmail address for them. That's them spending more time than I've seen before.
Good eye for catching that false profile, Jeff. It's quite disconcerting to know that someone would go to the trouble of impersonating an acquaintance. Another good reminder that vigilance pays.
Glad to hear the bots are off your back, though!
Yes, Allison, it is disconcerting. We're a professional organization, so we don't allow avatars, and even the photo was real.
I have always verified, but by confirming the info is for a real person. That won't cut it anymore. ll be thinking how to revise our verification procedure.
So glad to have the bot-registrations gone. I don't know what you did, but it worked.
In my Case if IP does not coincide with Physical Declared Location it is an spammer, unless some special case. I have seen several cases.
IP address is a great first point of verification. Thanks for the tip on rapportive - looks interesting.