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Skype names might be being collected from this forum!
« on: August 05, 2014, 04:41:16 am »
Within a few hours of putting my skype name on my profile I received a friend request from a "kelly richardson" who I naturally assumed was from this forum since that is the only place i have given out this account. Quickly I realized it was a scripted conversation and it was a bot and blocked the user.
Watch out for users who
*contact you as soon as you get online
*say their name is different from a real sounding name on their profile
*same as above^ with location
*don't use any mention of FT on their friend request/ a message attached at all.
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Re: Skype names might be being collected from this forum!
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2014, 05:05:57 am »
They target you at random regardless. Most of them are just spam so if you don't know who it is just decline the contact request; it's that simple. But yeah I've had them even when I didn't have my Skype up anywhere so yeah it don't matter if you have your Skype on the forum or not as far as I can tell.

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Re: Skype names might be being collected from this forum!
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2014, 05:09:12 am »
Fair enough point, but with the circumstance of this only happening after I put it up I will keep this post up as a warning.

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Re: Skype names might be being collected from this forum!
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2014, 09:06:45 am »
I just checked, and with the current version of FT's software, we're unable to restrict custom profile fields to registered users only.  So, yes, if you put your Skype name in your profile, it's visible to spambots, along with anything in your signature.

On a related note, the Contact Info thread in the General board is visible to search engines and spambots in its entirety.  Over the years, we've tried many times to shut it down or move it to the Spam board, but it kept getting re-created in General, so people obviously want to share this information with no regard for the risks involved.
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Re: Skype names might be being collected from this forum!
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2014, 12:54:01 am »
Yeah I have two skype accounts and its funny how I get more and more spam and junk on the account posted here compared to the other one.
My guess is some bot going around on various forum sites on the Internet looking for information to collect. It is normally pretty obvious that they are a spammer account when they are unable to answer simple questions about where they got the account from and why they are contacting the account.
Personally I would just say be careful of who you are adding and do background checks on the account if you have to :D
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Re: Skype names might be being collected from this forum!
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2014, 11:56:07 am »
i don´t get any invatations on skype and i have my skype name everywhere in the net oh well i must be a very boring person if not even bots wanna add me :D :D

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Re: Skype names might be being collected from this forum!
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2015, 06:41:35 am »
I've posted my Skype ID here ONCE and I instantly got added by an bot..
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