• Resolved Mitch

    (@n2rga)


    How can I check current users if they are spammers before they try to spam? I got a bunch of test1234567@…. logins today Obviously they are bot test accounts but how to check current users?

    Mitch

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  • Plugin Author Bryan Hadaway

    (@bhadaway)

    There are a lot of tell-tale signs of a fake accounts. Some manual work will be involved, but once you find patterns, you can bulk delete more.

    The email name and username usually never match, for example:

    sammyanderson637@gmailcom lisamacdonald783

    They almost always have numbers on the end because they’re auto-generating a bunch of email accounts, and the only way to do that is advance the numbers:

    sammyanderson637@gmail.com

    Be careful and look out for years though because a lot of legitimate users use either their birth year or graduation year in their emails and usernames:

    johndoe1979@yahoo.com

    Finding patterns.

    If you see that multiple different accounts have registered with the same non-common domain, you can filter the users through search, check all, and bulk delete:

    jdjdskksl@erpin.org
    hdhdjakakka@erpin.org
    duiakkadjksk@erpin.org
    gjallahbahjskl@erpin.org
    

    In this case, it’s pretty obvious that all users using erpin.org as an email service can safely be deleted.

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