Has anyone else been contacted by the official MI site informing of a private message received, only to find out it is SPAM? I received one today. The email informing me of a private message was real. Unfortunately, the private message was from a female (presumably) wanting to hook up.......
Yep, I think so. Most of you know who I am, a hermit with a regular boyfriend (seems such an odd word for a nearly 60-yr-old woman, but I don't like the alternatives) in Rome. Yet today I got a private message thru Marriott that at least to me was very weird. Definitely wanting a relationship, but not the sort I do even when I do. I hope I didn't insult an mrI but still it was a very uncomfortable response for me to have to make. And I most assuredly do not want to be part of some Marriott dating service (I'm sure Marriott has not done so, but maybe people have taken it that way)?
Cheers, Totally Unavailable ProfCHIARA
Yes, I received a private message from a female suggesting to 'hook up' and I immediately deleted it as I figured it was spam. Whenever there are strangely misspelled words (even just a few) from someone you don't know, it's kind of a clue. I figured others might be getting it, too. It's clear that it's going to any and maybe everyone regardless of gender hoping it'll land at least some one who might be gullible. I hope that this 'bug' can be stopped or this site will not feel quite right any longer.
I got the same thing with a saying it had been taken from my Insider profile. I plan to remove most of the information from my profile. I certainly hope Marriott had nothing to do with this and will look out for its Insiders. It is especially troubling for ones in my profession.
We got the same message and she said she had reviewed the profile. Larry doesn't have anything on his profile other than the info that Marriott allows. I had learned that lesson on an alumni acct for our small high school that I thought was going to be previewed by the people in our neighborhood only. Instead, I was getting e-mails from all over the country. No more profiles ever again.
I think she must have gotten every e-mail address that looked like it was male since Larry doesn't come on here. She was just using law of averages, kind of like the oldest profession (my guess as to her business) or sales.
We hope you still enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend!
Shoeman, good questions. It sounds like to me that the offender was an Insider since the CM says the account was disabled. My question is, what can be done to avoid something like this again? As long as the feature for sending private and direct messages is there, it seems to me the risk of such foolishness exists. ?? My usual cop out though, is of course that I know absolutely zero about the technical aspects of this site or any other thing associated with computers! Hope a more permanent fix can be installed soon. Still disappointed I wasn't among the propositioned ones!
Oh sure thing, this scenario involved an Insider that inappropriately used the community as opposed to a security breach, phisher, or bot if that's what you mean - so all profiles are completely secure and in tact. These scenarios are by far the exception to the rule and we actively monitor for any misuses like this to catch them early. With your help, we'll continue to do so and investigate future preventative measures to make sure the community and its features are useful for the conversations at hand.
I too received the SPAM and I am very appreciative that the Community Manager dealt with it quickly and openly. Since I wasn't on for the past couple of days, I just saw it this morning but glad to find when I logged in that there were many others who received the same and the issue was already dealt with and that the offender has been removed.