Ning allows spammers to abuse their system

Several times a week I get crap like this from someone who set up a Ning site for the sole purpose of sending spam. Even though I have my privacy settings to NOT send email for any requests, I still get these. There’s no way to completely block invitations or messages from anyone not a friend.

From: Gidion Kalu
Reply-To: do-not-reply@xxx.ning.com
To: Mike Cohen
Subject: YOUR COMPENSATION OF $3.5M.

Gidion Kalu has sent you a message on gidion Kalu

Attention Please,

I am Barr.Gdion Kalu and I am very happy to inform you about
my success in getting that fund transferred.

Now I want you to contact my secretary on his email address below and
receive your compensation of $3.5M from him: NAME: Mr Chinedu Obi
EMAIL:chineduobi11117@yahoo.fr Kindly reconfirm to him the following below
information:

Your full name_________________________
Your address__________________________
Your country___________________________
Your age______________________________
Your occupation________________________
Your cell Phone number______________________

Note that if you did not send him the above information complete, he
will not release the cheque to you because he has to be sure that it
is you. Ask him to send you the total sum of ($3.5m )USD CASHIER’S
CHEQUE ,which I kept for you. Note also that I will not be reached by
email or phone for now because I am currently away in Japan for
investment purpose with my share and I will be busy till about six
months time or a year.

Best regards,

Barr.Gdion Kalu.

To join this network, click here: http://xxx.ning.com/main/authorization/signUp?emailAddress=xyz


To control which emails you receive on gidion Kalu, go to:
http://XXX.ning.com/?xgo=vzzzzz

2 responses to “Ning allows spammers to abuse their system

  1. Hi Mike,

    We work hard to prevent abuse of our invitation system. Email verification and recipient limits help with prevention, as well as internal tools. That said, people find ways around these, and I apologize that they've made their way to your inbox.

    You can block messages from a network by clicking the link listed at:
    To control which emails you receive on gidion Kalu, go to: http://XXX.ning.com/?xgo=vzzzzz

    We appreciate you reporting abuse of the platform to abuse@ning.com, or the Help Center – http://www.help.ning.com/?go=contact where our team can respond.

    Thank you!
    Laura Gluhanich
    Director of Support, Ning

    • That isn't the only one – it's just a typical one which I happened to receive yesterday morning. I got a second very similar spam from a different name later yesterday. I have my Ning settings to NOT send ANY emails but I still get them. In fact almost all of the spams that get past Gmail's filter is from those Ning spammers.

      Blocking that specific member site doesn't help (I do that whenever I get one of these), since every day I get another one from a different spam site. What I really want is a way to prevent ANYONE from inviting me to a group and preventing ANYONE who is NOT a friend from emailing me.

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