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Does the name have a high indication of a Spambot or spammer or not?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26821points) September 28th, 2014

When a monikers such as linkliciousdiscountsort, doorrepairf258, virginiarealblade, sellhomeplot, or awattorneystem, etc. is seen, does ”spammer” automatically come to mind or could they actually be legitimate users?

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dappled_leaves's avatar

I must have flagged a couple of dozen of these in a row tonight. They all have the same name pattern, so are all clearly from the same source. If there was any doubt, a very high percentage of them also have advertising on the profiles.

But that doesn’t mean that every three-word username indicates spam. Under any other circumstances, I would have no reason to be suspicious.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Very likely today these users are spambots. They joined in mass and much more quickly than normal users.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

If I was a betting person I’d put a big slab of cash on them being spammers/spambots.

downtide's avatar

Ones with obvious names like “linkliciousdiscountsort” will definitely be spammers. These are usually the ones who have spammy profiles.

Oddly though, the ones with seemingly ordinary names (“FirstnameLastname”) are also highly likely to be spammers too. Often the giveaway clue is a pair of names from different ethnic groups – “JeanRodriguez” is an example spammer that I flagged not 5 minutes ago. This happens because the bots just pick random names off a single list without checking for ethnicity. When I was modding, it was always this pattern of name that I looked at first.

I notice the same pattern at work with insurance policies purchased in fake names on stolen credit cards.

snowberry's avatar

So if I had signed up with snowberryslush I’d have been a spammer. Huh. Who knew? LOL

filmfann's avatar

When one still paid for AOL by the hour, I got my screenname “filmfann”. I got it because I like movies.
AOL almost immediately banned me, because some idiot over there thought it looked like “flimflam”, and was sure I was trying to pull some kind of a con. I had to give them my credit card number, even though I was in the first 100 free hours to convince them.
Don’t jump to conclusions. Let them pull a stunt first.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

The mods will know right away just by looking at the ip address log.

thorninmud's avatar

Different spambots use different algorithms for generating usernames. The one bombarding us at the moment is using a pretty recognizable pattern, but some use a first name/last name combination (which is usually a dead giveaway, since hardly anyone actually uses their full name on sites like this) and some generate random gibberish. Sort through enough of these and you get surprisingly adept at spotting which usernames have an actual human behind them.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

^ [...but some use a first name/last name combination (which is usually a dead giveaway,...]
So I guess “John Smith” or “Mary Jane” would raise the flags very quickly?

downtide's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central “John Smith” might raise flags but “John Fernandez” or “Juan Smith” would raise them faster.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

^ Really? John Fernandez would? He could be 2nd or 3rd generation Hispanic hence the American name with a Hispanic last name. Now Juan Valdez or something like that…...

downtide's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central he could be, but statistics are not in his favour. And as @thorninmud points out, hardly anyone uses their real full name on sites like this so its nearly always a red flag.

zenzen's avatar

I am still under the contention that you are spam.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Nope, more like hardtack, or bitter soup because people cannot handle digesting me well.

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