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#1 2017-12-02 15:01:02

griggy
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Registered: 2017-12-02
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Advertising

I have just received an email from OSM saying: "glossop removals has added you as a friend on OpenStreetMap."

Their profile is simply an advert.   I have have no relationship with this company, which is not local to me.   

This is obviously a misuse of OSM, but I do not know what to do about it.   I do not know how they got my email address.  Has OSM been hacked?

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#2 2017-12-02 17:29:15

SomeoneElse
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Registered: 2010-10-13
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Re: Advertising

They've used OSM's "add as friend" function to make you aware of their profile.  OSM has not been "hacked"; they've just signed up to OSM like any other user might do and used the normal functionality of OSM.

I recently updated https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Spam with the most effective way of dealing with this sort of spam, which is to report it in #osm-dev on IRC (where the admins will see it), which I've done.  See also https://lists.openstreetmap.org/piperma … 79774.html - there is work in progress to create a more effective way of dealing with this sort of stuff.

- Andy (from the Data Working Group, who deal with a couple of other sorts of spam in OSM, among other things).

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#3 2019-07-15 17:51:47

aterchweild
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Registered: 2019-07-15
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Re: Advertising

I also have received that type of message "Master services has added you as a friend on OpenStreetMap."

I have not anything common with this company.

What's wrong with OSM?

Last edited by aterchweild (2019-07-16 11:53:42)


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#4 2019-07-15 18:34:26

SomeoneElse
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Re: Advertising

aterchweild wrote:

What's wrong with OSM?

Nothing is wrong with OSM.  However, https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Master%20services shows that this user account does not exist, so perhaps someone reported them to the admins and the account was deleted, or they renamed it.

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