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#2455984 - 12/12/12 06:17 AM New kind of spam?
Winston Psmith Offline
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I got an email this morning from Bogdan Radovic (who is this?), inviting me to join his crappy forum, etc., basically it sounded like some spammers' site, inviting me to help spam my fellow guitarists, with the offer of a free six-month subscription to a site I'd never heard of, with the further incentive(?) that I'd be able to invite friends to participate in whatever this is. Here's the text. It all sounds very friendly, but suspicious, nonetheless.

Hello Winston,

Bogdan from crappy forum here

I have noticed that you write helpful and interesting forum posts online and wanted to invite you to join our guitar community.
crappy forum is for members only (subscribers) and we have got some really cool stuff going on : recording collaborations, live chats, gear/software discussions etc, and of course, tons of guitar lessons

I would like to offer you an endorsement in form of a completely free membership with full access to all our guitar website features, in return we would only need you to be active in our forum and share your experience and thoughts!

Later on, as a bonus, we would also be able to supply you with some additional 6 month memberships for giving them away to your guitar friends, if you wish...

I think that your input in our forum would be very interesting!

Please let me know if you would be up for joining us? smile

Cheers,
Bogdan

Sounds like BS to me, and if this guy is trolling the Forum, looking to recruit people, I thought everyone should know. Has anyone heard of this guy, or his site? Maybe I'm just being an ornery bastard, but that doesn't mean I'm wrong.


Edited by A String (12/12/12 08:39 AM)
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#2456034 - 12/12/12 08:05 AM Re: New kind of spam? [Re: Winston Psmith]
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Sounds like he doesn't realize the internet is free. About the only thing I would pay to subscribe to on the net is a subscription to the online Los Angeles Times.
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#2456046 - 12/12/12 08:38 AM Re: New kind of spam? [Re: Scott Fraser]
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What a twit. Nothing like spamming the members of other forums to make them want to want to join.

If he was a member here, I'd ban him.
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#2456048 - 12/12/12 08:43 AM Re: New kind of spam? [Re: Scott Fraser]
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That was part of it - why would I want to contribute to a subscriber-only site, for no compensation, and why would I want to 'invite' any of my friends to do the same? It's almost structured like an invitation to join a pyramid scheme, I just don't know if there's really any money being made off of it.

The other part is that [i]this[/i] is the only public forum where I regularly engage in these discussions, so fairly I'm certain he got my name and email address here, and I didn't think anyone would appreciate that. We didn't join the Forum to be spammed & scammed, and I know the mods work hard to filter out this sort of crap. This guy is just taking it to another level.


Edited by Winston Psmith (12/12/12 08:44 AM)
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#2456053 - 12/12/12 08:51 AM Re: New kind of spam? [Re: A String]
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Let's find the sonofabitch and string him up! (I mean hang him, not change his strings!)
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#2456059 - 12/12/12 09:12 AM Re: New kind of spam? [Re: Fred_C]
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Originally Posted By: Fred_C
Let's find the sonofabitch and string him up! (I mean hang him, not change his strings!)


When you tell a guitarist you're going to change his strings, is that like telling him you're going to clean his clock?
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#2456066 - 12/12/12 09:31 AM Re: New kind of spam? [Re: Scott Fraser]
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Never heard of the guy. And because I don't subscribe, I don't know what his site is all about.

But it does sound to me he hit upon the perfect name for it.
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#2456125 - 12/12/12 02:21 PM Re: New kind of spam? [Re: whitefang]
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Shouldn't you just sign up and then copy and paste all of our spam on to his forum?

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#2456130 - 12/12/12 02:30 PM Re: New kind of spam? [Re: Larryz]
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Originally Posted By: Larryz
Shouldn't you just sign up and then copy and paste all of our spam on to his forum?
laugh Good one!
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#2456156 - 12/12/12 05:29 PM Re: New kind of spam? [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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The Pyramid of Spaaaam... !

Originally Posted By: Dannyalcatraz
Originally Posted By: Larryz
Shouldn't you just sign up and then copy and paste all of our spam on to his forum?
laugh Good one!


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#2456175 - 12/12/12 06:42 PM Re: New kind of spam? [Re: Caevan O'Shite]
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I can't promote doing that, but...
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#2456177 - 12/12/12 06:52 PM Re: New kind of spam? [Re: A String]
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i like the way you guys think. wink

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#2456198 - 12/12/12 08:21 PM Re: New kind of spam? [Re: A String]
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Originally Posted By: A String
I can't promote doing that, but...


It's probably better not to start a SPAMWAR!! as they might attack us too...

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#2456288 - 12/13/12 09:12 AM Re: New kind of spam? [Re: A String]
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Originally Posted By: A String
I can't promote doing that, but...

shocked Who, ME?
I didn't see a THING! wink
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#2456433 - 12/13/12 08:32 PM Re: New kind of spam? [Re: Caevan O'Shite]
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When I read his name, I was immediately remined of a villain in a Daffy Duck cartoon named Aarvark Ratnik. Sounds evil, don't it?
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#2456439 - 12/13/12 09:19 PM Re: New kind of spam? [Re: Winston Psmith]
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Originally Posted By: Winston Psmith
Sounds like BS to me, and if this guy is trolling the Forum, looking to recruit people, I thought everyone should know. Has anyone heard of this guy, or his site? Maybe I'm just being an ornery bastard, but that doesn't mean I'm wrong.


Thanks for the heads up. I don't bite on anything I get on the net. I don't click on links in my e-mails I don't give a rip who they come from. And I don't reply/respond to anyone soliciting me on the net, in the US mail, on the phone, or at my home.

But it is good for all of us to stick together and give out these heads ups.....
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