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Recently recieved email from PF. is it spam?

  1. Sep 15, 2009 #1
    An odd one

    I just got this email

    I never registered recently and would have ignored it except it was sent from a gmail account (supposedly, although it seems legit) and the registered name was a number

    I wondered if perhaps it was an attempt to spam physics forum by getting victims to unintentionally approve a new account by clicking the provided link

    As I am not a victim I won't play that game

    Can an Admin check into this.

    Or just ditch it


    Code (Text):
    From - Wed Sep 16 09:34:13 2009
    X-Account-Key: account2
    X-UIDL: 1233032143-9226
    X-Mozilla-Status: 0001
    X-Mozilla-Status2: 00000000
    Return-path: <gregbernhardt(youknowwhat)gmail.com>
    Envelope-to: ***************
    Delivery-date: Wed, 16 Sep 2009 09:20:18 +0930
    Received: from ([] helo=pf2.physicsforums.com)
        by ************** with esmtps (TLSv1:AES256-SHA:256)
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        for ***************; Wed, 16 Sep 2009 09:20:18 +0930
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        for ************; Tue, 15 Sep 2009 18:50:16 -0500
    To: ************
    Subject: Physicsforums.com Confirmation Email
    From: "gregbernhardt(youknowwhat)gmail.com" <gregbernhardt(youknowwhat)gmail.com>
    Message-ID: <20090915235016.8ff36232bf47@www.physicsforums.com>
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    Content-Type: text/plain; charset="ISO-8859-1"
    Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
    X-Priority: 3
    X-Mailer: vBulletin Mail via PHP
    Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 18:50:16 -0500
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    X-AntiAbuse: Original Domain - **************
    X-AntiAbuse: Originator/Caller UID/GID - [99 99] / [47 12]
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    Hello 134039,

    You still need to confirm this email to enable your physicsforums.com account.   This will allow you to start posting!

    Just follow this link and you are all set.
    [PLAIN]https://www.physicsforums.com/register.php?a=act&u=134[/PLAIN] [Broken] 039&i=1545 8175

    PF CEO
    P.S. the link is deliberately broken in case a bot tries to follow it. don't want a bad bot from registering do we.
    Nice robots.txt by the way mind if I use it?
    Last edited by a moderator: May 4, 2017
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  3. Sep 15, 2009 #2


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  4. Sep 15, 2009 #3
    Is developerchri not an account of yours?
  5. Sep 15, 2009 #4
    LOL a little late is an understatement

    If the account is for developerchri which was a misspelling and the reason why I never approved it, then why was the email sent to "134039"

    Had it said "Hello developerchri" I would have immediately known what it was and ignored it. and wondered why it was at least 6 months late.

    Very confusing

  6. Sep 15, 2009 #5


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    Same join date....I'm guessing there was some confusion when you signed up. Somehow, though, the system just got around to reminding you to activate the account.
  7. Sep 15, 2009 #6


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    134039 is the user ID of that account on the vbulletin software the forum uses.
  8. Sep 15, 2009 #7
    Problem solved.

    Although its possibly a way for spammers to get accounts activated under pseudonyms. apart from heaping the blame for spam on innocent people I can't see its use, so probably just my wild imagination at work again :)

  9. Sep 15, 2009 #8
    It reminds me I must ask a few questions on PF. There are some things that are worrying me. Particularly with time dilation.

    There doesn't seem to be enough of it at present and I am not getting my work done.

    Thanks guys

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