Unsolicited 'crackpot' private message

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In summary, some users received an unsolicited private message from 'NewMaverick' claiming a breakthrough in quantum gravity and providing a link to his site. One user did not react, assuming someone else would, and noted that the admins can see the private messages. Another user asked how they can see who else received the message. The first user clarified that they can see a list of people who received the message at the same time as them. The spammer has since been banned, and users are reminded to forward any unsolicited messages to a Mentor/Admin.
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Did anyone else receive an unsolicited PM from 'NewMaverick' claiming some breakthrough in quantum gravity and giving a link to his site ?
 
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Yes. I didn't react, because I thought somebody else would anyway (lazy as usual :biggrin:) and I can see who got the same private message at the same sending. The admins can see the private messages, so I don't think there's need to discuss it anywhere.
 
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Hi Joost. How can you see who else got the mesage ?
 
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Mentz114 said:
Hi Joost. How can you see who else got the mesage ?

I don't see everyone who has got messages from him, but I see the list of those people who he sent the message at the same time while sending to me. The recipient list shows above the topic of the private message.
 
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This is a reminder that whenever you receive unsolicited messages like that, or even outright commercial spam, you should forward it immediately to any Mentor/Admin.

Zz.
 

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