Be careful with spammers stealing your online identity

Yesterday, when I got home from work, I went online just to check on the comments and I found this unusual comment from Jehzeel Laurente.

Jehzeel Laurente | contakt@allmusichit.com | quality-tongue-rings.com | IP: 195.38.53.40
excelent , Great work!

Feb 12, 10:12 PM โ€” [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] โ€” Meet HappySlip Live in Person

Now what do you think is wrong here? This is obviously not from JehzLau because the blog address, ip address and comment content is different.

So what’s the lesson here?

When you get comments on your blog, make sure to check the following to see if the comment is authentic or just a spammy comment.

  1. Blog address – Comment authors usually link to their own blog.
  2. IP address – If you know the comment author, you might have an idea on where they live so you can verify their location using their ip.
  3. Comment content – Every person has his own way of writing. If you notice something different, either that person is a fake or just not in the mood.

Have you encountered this kind of spamming?

Since JehzLau comments on my blog, I basically have an idea on how he comments.

  • Jehzlau usually writes in Tagalog Language.
  • He also includes an expression such as “waaaaaaaa” in his comments.

So if you want to spam using his name, you should take note of these two ways on how to comment as JehzLau. Now let us start posing as him haha ๐Ÿ™‚

Update: Check out comment 9 of this post. It’s somebody posing as Ling, one of my regular readers too. For Ling’s sake, I’ll remove the link and edit the name, but the comment will still be there are an example.

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47 thoughts on “Be careful with spammers stealing your online identity

  1. Oh my. These spammers are desperate! Tsk tsk. I’ll double check my comments from now on, hehe

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  2. Karlo.PinoyBlogero says:

    Hehe. I told you, spammers are now finding creative ways to spread their spam

    It was keen of you to notice that the commenter wasn’t Jehz. Tama nga naman, wala kasing “Waaa” at the end of every sentence hehe.

    WAaaaaaa

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  3. pati ang comments nananakaw na din… waaaaaaah….

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  4. Blogoloco Mag says:

    Why can’t they just use a different name? If the comment is appropriate, i can’t see any reason why I will delete it, unless of course it’s a link to a dodgy website.

    Kung Hei Fat Choi na rin.

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  5. @Joni – Ah yes, I guess they saw that JehzLau usually visits here and tried to spam using his name. hehe

    Thanks for visiting ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. @Karlo – Ah yes, Jehz is not jehz without his trademark “waaaahhh”, now if that spammer used Karlo.PinoyBlogero, I might have believed it.. hehe j/k ๐Ÿ˜›

  7. @yatot – Yup yup! I think there will be a yatot spammer soon. I’ll be ready for it! ^_^

  8. @Blogoloco Mag – Well, since they know that they will be caught as spam when they use their keyword enriched author name. This blog is no-follow for commentators who have less than three comments so I won’t also delete the comment. ^_^

  9. It sounds like it’s sleeting, but every time I turn on the outside light & look, nothings happening.

    Allen Note: What nonsense is this spammer talking about?

  10. waaaaaaaaaaaa! may gumagaya ng katauhan ko waaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

    kala ko sa credit card lang,.. hehehe.. pati sa pag comment pala.. toink!!

    Jehzeel Laurente’s last blog post..Nintendo DS Lite Games

  11. These spammers are really annoying at times. What I do sometimes is to edit such a “nice” comment by keeping everything intact but removing the Web site’s URL… LOL

    ~Marcus

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  12. I also experienced this kind of thing..Someone’s claiming that he owns my blog..I found out what he’s doing when I visited a blog forum and he’s introducing my blog as his newest creation and asking for some comments and feedbacks to the forum’s members..At that moment,I just want to kill the guy..Haha!

  13. @jehz – That’s how famous you are! pero ok lang, klala din kita e.. i can spot the fake from the real one with a simple waaaaaaaaaahhhhhh haha

  14. @Internet – Hmm I did not think of that. Actually what I did was just leave the comment there and made a post out of that. hehe Thanks for the idea. ^_^

  15. @jazztine – Hello, that’s really low for that guy but I’m thinking, if he is just promoting your blog, wouldn’t it be good publicity and added traffic for your blog?

  16. waaaaaaaaaaa! ako to ako to! hehehe ๐Ÿ˜€ la lang ^__^ nangungulit.. hehe amf talaga ginagaya pangalan ko… baka taga pinas lang yung gumaya.. san yung IP? states or pinas? hehe

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  17. yikes. hahha. we better be careful next time.

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  18. Hey, WTF! Allen, The comment above from ‘Ling’, just above Jehzeel, is not mine either. Should I do something? Like change my nick? This is ridiculous. I’ve heard of ppl stealing identities, but this is too much. I don’t have the time to chase this bugger, or I would beat the **** out of him.

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  19. @Ling – Hi Ling, I was wondering about that comment too. It was off topic and the links was different. I could site it as another example. I’m sorry for the problems it brought you. Seriously, this identity theft has to be stopped but I don’t know how.

  20. Well, any comment using my nick but a different email you could delete. I can’t think of anything else…But this is really sad. I mean, there are honest ways to make money, even on the internet….

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  23. wag na kasing magspaspam jehzlau. hahahahaha

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  24. Ako si Jehzlau. Waaaaaa syet nakakatakot. I guess it makes sense to Google your name (if it is that unique) frequently kahit na ang dating e medyo obssessive o vain. Mahirap na kasi lalo na’t ginagamit na pala ng spammers ang mga pangalan ng commenters.

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  25. Spammers keep getting more and more desperate, that’s right! Recently, I encountered a comment where the blogger’s URI was the Technorati “Fave me” link for his/her blog. WordPress’ Askimet didn’t even recognize that one as spam.

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  26. A good lesson to learn from and i promise that this really is the GAje Master. lol. loved the post.

  27. […] Overall, Silkenhut has some great content to offer along with a good design. I personally liked to read editions of Reaching Out in which Allen talks about informative & helpful posts that he liked from the blogs he reads. After reading his blog, I have cautioned myself against the dark consequences of Identity Theft! You should learn to be careful with spammers stealing your online identity. […]

  28. @Phaelun – Hi Phaelun! How are you ? As you can see, our friend Jehz is now so famous that spammers are now posing as him. Iba talaga si Jehz ano? hehe

  29. @Jehz – I think the IP is not from the philippines. 195.38.53.40 xa eh. You can now start tracing your lost brother (jehzlau poser) hehe .

  30. @Ling – Hi Ling, I’ve edited the comment but I used it as an another example in this post. I hope that’s ok now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. @Winston – Onga naman, si jehz kasi waaaah ng waaahh haha aun napansin ng spammer. ๐Ÿ˜›

  32. @Jamie – You are JehzLau too? OMG so many JehzLau here. haha ๐Ÿ˜› Googling your own name? Hmm that’s a nice idea. However, my name is too common, “Allen”. -_-

  33. @Vibr8 – Actually Akismet or Spam Karma did not notice it as spam because they look like legitimate comments. So human intervention is the key here. Once you notice something different, it’s time to raise the red flag.

    That technorati fave as author link is a good idea. Everytime you click that, he gets a new person who “favorite” his blog. hehe Sneaky trick!

  34. @Gaje Master – Ohh why should I believe you? I believe you are a fake! hehe just kidding… ^_^

    btw, I tried to write a comment on your blog but I’m getting connection timeout. -_-

  35. Thanks for the heads up! I’ll definitely be more careful when I moderate my comments. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  36. […] Be careful with spammers stealing your online identity. Silkenhut, shares a recent experience with a comment spammer who stole the identity of one of his regular readers/commenters – Jehzeel Laurente. It’s a good reminder to be more careful when moderating comments on your blog. […]

  37. @Allen, ya my site was screwing up earlier. I don’t know why it was having issues. It was probably because I was messing with it too much and caused it to do this. The problem should be fixed all though I am still having a little bit of difficulty with it. For some reason it has been taking my blog a while to catch up to what I want it to do. I probably need to go through a different web host.

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    […] Be careful with spammers stealing your online identity. Silkenhut, shares a recent experience with a comment spammer who stole the identity of one of his regular readers/commenters – Jehzeel Laurente. It’s a good reminder to be more careful when moderating comments on your blog. […]

  39. @Jaypee – Scans your comment. Are you really Jaypee? or just a fake Jaypee trying to get his glory? haha just kidding.. actually I’ve been vigilant in checking every comment right now. I may also have to moderate comments soon but I think it’s too much work for a lazy guy like me hehe

  40. @Gaje Master – how come that happens? I mean, if it was a wordpress plugin, it should be ok the moment you deactivate it right? Please elaborate further. I may be able to help. What’s your webhost by the way?

  41. Yes it’s really me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Btw, I just realized that I got this type of comment last week or a couple weeks back. One spammer used the name of one of the recent visitors who left a comment on my blog. Yesterday, I found another one. The comment was inline with the post but when I checked the site, it was bogus.

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  42. @Jaypee – in that case, you can just delete the link and retain the comment. Nobody gets away with identity stealing in this blog. haha ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. @Allen,
    Sorry it took me a while to get back to you. I use Yahoo as my hosting provider and they are always screwing something up. Half the time their site goes down and I am stuck like that for hours. The plugin I was trying to use was an upgraded version and wouldn’t work with the version of wordpress that I have. I would like to upgrade my wordpress but for some reason Yahoo doesn’t want it upgraded and yet they say they will do this automatically. I called yahoo and all I got from them was a bunch of bull about how they feel that the version of WordPress is better than the newer versions.

  44. @Gaje – I would suggest that you switch your hosting asap. You paid for that hosting but you cannot even upgrade your wordpress installation. You are still running on wordpress…. a low version (I did not mention your version for your protection) but your wordpress version is already very old. ๐Ÿ™

  45. @Rome – Haha it’s a jehzlau fanatic I think ๐Ÿ˜›

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