Scam Warning!

Do not post support requests, bug reports or feature requests. Discuss phpBB here. Non-phpBB related discussion goes in General Discussion!
Scam Warning
geckzilla
Registered User
Posts: 36
Joined: Wed Jul 11, 2007 5:24 pm

Scam Warning!

Post by geckzilla »

If you get an email that looks like this, don't respond to it! This is definitely someone trying to scam you into giving them your username and password and subsequently your whole database! There's no way anyone from the phpBB development team would legitimately be sending out emails like this to board owners.
From: "phpBB support" <phpbbspprt840@gmail.com>
To: x
Sent: Monday, November 22, 2010 1:19:08 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: phpBB 3.0.8 is available ..



Hello,

We stronglly recommend that you update your phpBB forum to the latest secure version 3.0.8

For any assisstance please reply to us , we will be very happy to assisst you .

Thank you

User avatar
Erik Frèrejean
Former Team Member
Posts: 9899
Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:09 am
Location: The Netherlands, 3.0.x Support Forum
Name: Erik Frèrejean
Contact:

Re: Scam Warning!

Post by Erik Frèrejean »

Please see this announcement.
Support Toolkit | Support Request Template | Knowledge Base | phpBB 3.0.x documentation
I don't give support via PM or IM! (all unsolicited pms will be trashed!)

geckzilla
Registered User
Posts: 36
Joined: Wed Jul 11, 2007 5:24 pm

Re: Scam Warning!

Post by geckzilla »

Thanks, Erik. I did scan the Announcements section for something regarding this and read that exact thread title but didn't think it had anything to do with any kind of scam. It sounds so innocuous.

User avatar
Erik Frèrejean
Former Team Member
Posts: 9899
Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:09 am
Location: The Netherlands, 3.0.x Support Forum
Name: Erik Frèrejean
Contact:

Re: Scam Warning!

Post by Erik Frèrejean »

It are the same, and there is quite an outbreak at the moment. But use common sense, report/trash the mail and don't bother for a second. I (and other (team)members) have had conversations with these "professionals" but they really don't have a clue.
Support Toolkit | Support Request Template | Knowledge Base | phpBB 3.0.x documentation
I don't give support via PM or IM! (all unsolicited pms will be trashed!)

User avatar
DavidIQ
Customisations Team Leader
Customisations Team Leader
Posts: 17143
Joined: Thu Jan 06, 2005 1:30 pm
Location: Fishkill, NY
Name: David Colón
Contact:

Re: Scam Warning!

Post by DavidIQ »

Some of us team members have also received these e-mails so apparently they think we all need help! :lol:
Apply to become a Jr. Extension Validator
My extensions | In need of phpBB services? | Was I helpful today?
No unsolicited PMs unless you're planning on asking for paid help.

User avatar
Erik Frèrejean
Former Team Member
Posts: 9899
Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:09 am
Location: The Netherlands, 3.0.x Support Forum
Name: Erik Frèrejean
Contact:

Re: Scam Warning!

Post by Erik Frèrejean »

DavidIQ wrote:Some of us team members have also received these e-mails so apparently they think we all need help! :lol:
Of course we need, especially those of us that run the develop-* versions as they are really outdated :geek:
Support Toolkit | Support Request Template | Knowledge Base | phpBB 3.0.x documentation
I don't give support via PM or IM! (all unsolicited pms will be trashed!)

Tom Wellscom
Registered User
Posts: 17
Joined: Mon Oct 15, 2007 1:36 pm

Re: Scam Warning!

Post by Tom Wellscom »

Well here we go again. I just got this same message from phpbbspprt840@gmail.com

So the crooks/vandals are still at it. Sad....

User avatar
Ishimaru Chiaki
Registered User
Posts: 179
Joined: Thu Nov 15, 2007 4:39 am
Location: Baie-Comeau, Québec, Canada
Name: Caroline
Contact:

Re: Scam Warning!

Post by Ishimaru Chiaki »

Yeah, I received the same email on my gmail. They just deserve a "f… you", as I see that they are idiot enough to spam the dev team as well…
Find my phpBB3 and GIMP tutorials on http://ishimaru.pingveno.net (New address)
My DeviantArt gallery

User avatar
Marshalrusty
Project Manager
Project Manager
Posts: 29256
Joined: Mon Nov 22, 2004 10:45 pm
Location: New York City
Name: Yuriy Rusko
Contact:

Re: Scam Warning!

Post by Marshalrusty »

As long as people continue to send them money, they will continue sending these kinds of emails.
Have comments/praise/complaints/suggestions? Please feel free to PM me.

Need private help? Hire me for all your phpBB and web development needs

splettstoesser
Registered User
Posts: 1
Joined: Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:21 am

Re: Scam Warning!

Post by splettstoesser »

I always check check strange emails and new forum members with Stop Forum Spam, which btw, already have the ip and email address logged as a US spammer. ;)

Date: 2011-05-06 14:39:24
IP: 184.22.149.198
User Name: phpbbspprt840
Email: phpbbspprt840@gmail.com
Country: USA

* spam link + image removed *
Last edited by marian0810 on Tue May 17, 2011 10:03 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: http://www.phpbb.com/rules/#rule5b

User avatar
jim 777
Registered User
Posts: 105
Joined: Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:56 pm
Location: Sonoma County
Name: Jim
Contact:

Re: Scam Warning!

Post by jim 777 »

I got it and said to myself, "I already have that version" and trashed it. :roll:

Now, if it had said something like "upgrade to the new 3.1.0 version...." who knows :lol:

F-3000
Registered User
Posts: 19
Joined: Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:50 pm

Re: Scam Warning!

Post by F-3000 »

Even tho people should be able to realize with mere common sense that this is spam, I think that general warning would be good.

Kim_Possible
Registered User
Posts: 1343
Joined: Sun Sep 21, 2008 3:57 pm

Re: Scam Warning!

Post by Kim_Possible »

F-3000 wrote:Even tho people should be able to realize with mere common sense that this is spam, I think that general warning would be good.
General warning here: http://www.phpbb.com/community/viewforum.php?f=14

Stickied in the announcements forum for about 6 months.

User avatar
Erik Frèrejean
Former Team Member
Posts: 9899
Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:09 am
Location: The Netherlands, 3.0.x Support Forum
Name: Erik Frèrejean
Contact:

Re: Scam Warning!

Post by Erik Frèrejean »

F-3000 wrote:Even tho people should be able to realize with mere common sense that this is spam, I think that general warning would be good.
Per Kim, there has been a topic in the announcement forums about it for quite some time. As well as various topics on this board, there really isn't much more we as phpBB group can do.
Support Toolkit | Support Request Template | Knowledge Base | phpBB 3.0.x documentation
I don't give support via PM or IM! (all unsolicited pms will be trashed!)

Pony99CA
Registered User
Posts: 4783
Joined: Thu Sep 30, 2004 3:13 pm
Location: Hollister, CA
Name: Steve
Contact:

Re: Scam Warning!

Post by Pony99CA »

Erik Frèrejean wrote: Per Kim, there has been a topic in the announcement forums about it for quite some time. As well as various topics on this board, there really isn't much more we as phpBB group can do.
Sure there is. That topic is only an Announcement in the General/Announcements forum. If you've been here for a while, you may not check that much (I know that I don't).

There are at least two things that could be done better:
  1. Post it as a General Announcement so that it showed up in all of the forums.
  2. Post about it on your home page. For example, see my main site where I posted a large warning box when I started noticing people spoofing my domain.

    Your warning doesn't have to be as large or as detailed, but you should link to the topic that Kim linked to for details. Something similar to the phpBB Showcase box on the home page would be sufficient, I think.
Steve
Silicon Valley Pocket PC (http://www.svpocketpc.com)
Creator of manage_bots and spoof_user (ask me)
Need hosting for a small forum with full cPanel & MySQL access? Contact me or PM me.

Post Reply

Return to “phpBB Discussion”