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 β€” [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] β€” 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 πŸ™‚

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.

Fake commentator

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

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. @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 πŸ˜›

  4. @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. ^_^

  5. 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?

  6. 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

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  7. 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!

  8. @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. ^_^

  9. @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?

  10. 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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  11. @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.

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  14. @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

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

  16. @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!

  17. @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. -_-

  18. @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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  20. @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

  21. @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?

  22. Yes it’s really me. πŸ˜‰

    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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  23. @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.

  24. @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. πŸ™

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