Go Back  Bike Forums > News & Suggestions > Forum Suggestions & User Assistance
Reload this Page >

Spam/scam disguised as a Bikeforums/Bikesdirect email

Notices
Forum Suggestions & User Assistance Have a suggestion for the forums? Need help with the Forums? Post here.

Spam/scam disguised as a Bikeforums/Bikesdirect email

Old 07-02-22, 07:56 PM
  #1  
atwl77
Kamen Rider
Thread Starter
 
atwl77's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: KL, MY
Posts: 1,067

Bikes: Fuji Transonic Elite, Marechal Soul Ultimate, Dahon Dash Altena

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 351 Post(s)
Liked 271 Times in 162 Posts
Spam/scam disguised as a Bikeforums/Bikesdirect email

Just noticed this e-mail flagged as junk, I thought my mail was just tagging it wrongly as usual, until I noticed the actual email address.




Since this is just a screenshot, it doesn't show the full message but suffice to say, the "4 things" the email asks you to do is to click links. Basic Internet safety says don't click anything, of course.

Last edited by atwl77; 07-02-22 at 08:16 PM.
atwl77 is offline  
Old 07-02-22, 08:07 PM
  #2  
Barry2 
LR÷P=HR
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 1,545

Bikes: Holdsworth 1979 Special, C-dale 1993 MT3000 Tandem & 1996 F700CAD3, Cervelo 2022 R5 & 2018 R3, JustGo Runt, Ridley Oval, Kickr Bike 8-)

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 595 Post(s)
Liked 750 Times in 435 Posts
You’ve included your email address.
you might wish to remove it

Barry
Barry2 is offline  
Old 07-02-22, 08:10 PM
  #3  
atwl77
Kamen Rider
Thread Starter
 
atwl77's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: KL, MY
Posts: 1,067

Bikes: Fuji Transonic Elite, Marechal Soul Ultimate, Dahon Dash Altena

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 351 Post(s)
Liked 271 Times in 162 Posts
Originally Posted by Barry2 View Post
You’ve included your email address.
you might wish to remove it

Barry
Ah crap, thanks. I'll remove it and reupload it in a bit...
atwl77 is offline  
Old 07-04-22, 08:51 PM
  #4  
Outrider1
Full Member
 
Outrider1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2020
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 276

Bikes: Trek Emonda ALR 5, Motobecane Cafe Disc Comp

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 98 Post(s)
Liked 192 Times in 87 Posts
I received that email, but directly from bikesdirect.com (pun intended). It's legit and I've read Mike's book that you can download for free. It's a light, humerous, enjoyable book.
Outrider1 is offline  
Old 07-05-22, 12:01 AM
  #5  
Duragrouch
Full Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 203
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 104 Post(s)
Liked 37 Times in 29 Posts
I received as well...

I received the email as well. My question is, how did whoever get my email address, whether "legit" or spam, or if not, if they bounced this through bikeforums, also how and why? Sounds like either bikeforums has a security penetraton, or they have sold access to my email, which would be a big no-no. Advertising on the website, fine, that's the price of free, no-cost access to the forum. Spam emails, whether legit or scam, no. I expect to see a response from the bikeforums system administrator.
Duragrouch is offline  
Old 07-05-22, 01:51 AM
  #6  
atwl77
Kamen Rider
Thread Starter
 
atwl77's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: KL, MY
Posts: 1,067

Bikes: Fuji Transonic Elite, Marechal Soul Ultimate, Dahon Dash Altena

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 351 Post(s)
Liked 271 Times in 162 Posts
Originally Posted by Outrider1 View Post
I received that email, but directly from bikesdirect.com (pun intended). It's legit and I've read Mike's book that you can download for free. It's a light, humerous, enjoyable book.
I wonder if the one I received is a scam version made to look like the legit one from Bikesdirect.

Looking at other emails I've received from Bikeforums (e.g. notifications of PMs and other forum-related matters), they mainly come from a bikeforums.net domain -- though now that I have done a search, there also have been a rare few PM notifications that were sent through an internetbrands.com domain.

Also looking through the links in the email, most of them go back through the travel.ibemail.com domain so I'm not clicking on those to find out where they actually lead... and the Bikesdirect email link contacts an aol account.
atwl77 is offline  
Old 07-05-22, 03:43 AM
  #7  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
indyfabz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 35,133
Mentioned: 203 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16051 Post(s)
Liked 10,493 Times in 5,101 Posts
Scroll down. There is a forum for this type of post.
indyfabz is online now  
Old 07-05-22, 03:50 AM
  #8  
base2 
Doesn't brain good.
 
base2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 2,162

Bikes: 5 good ones, and the occasional project.

Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1157 Post(s)
Liked 841 Times in 490 Posts
There is also a way to opt-out Bike Forums advertisers from emailing you. They pay Internet Brands llc for access.
Big Papa's gotta pay the bills, too.

IIRC: It's in settings somewhere or the "Do not sell my info" link at the bottom of the web page.

You might find something useful under section 9 of https://www.internetbrands.com/privacy/privacy-main/

Last edited by base2; 07-05-22 at 03:55 AM.
base2 is offline  
Old 07-05-22, 07:38 AM
  #9  
cb400bill
Forum Moderator
 
cb400bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Kalamazoo MI
Posts: 20,550

Bikes: Fuji SL2.1 Carbon Di2 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 4 Trek Checkpoint ALR gravel Viscount Aerospace Pro Colnago Classic Rabobank

Mentioned: 54 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2792 Post(s)
Liked 4,753 Times in 2,809 Posts
Thread moved from General to User Assistance.
__________________
Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Fenders protect you from tire splatter. Mudguards protect you from tyre splatter.







cb400bill is offline  
Old 07-10-22, 10:35 PM
  #10  
Duragrouch
Full Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 203
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 104 Post(s)
Liked 37 Times in 29 Posts
Quote from website privacy policy

Quote from website privacy policy:
We currently do not respond to "Do Not Track" browser signals. Accordingly, your navigation on our sites and services may be tracked as part of our efforts to gather user information described above. If you arrive at our sites and services by way of a link from a third-party site that does respond to “Do Not Track” browser signals, such “Do Not Track” browser signal recognition will end as soon as you reach our sites and services.
I'll be looking for another forum, or not. I can live without it.
Duragrouch is offline  
Likes For Duragrouch:
Old 07-11-22, 11:37 AM
  #11  
IBJoel
Administrator
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 385
Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 189 Post(s)
Liked 175 Times in 117 Posts
It is a legitimate email from our sales team. We do not sell email addresses. We have your email because you've signed up to the site. You can unsubscribe yourself by using the link in the email. It's completely safe and unless there is a technical issue, is completely honored.
IBJoel is offline  
Likes For IBJoel:
Old 07-17-22, 11:55 PM
  #12  
Duragrouch
Full Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 203
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 104 Post(s)
Liked 37 Times in 29 Posts
Originally Posted by IBJoel View Post
... You can unsubscribe yourself by using the link in the email...
The Privacy Policy, as noted above, does not respect Do Not Track signals from browsers; Why should we believe they will respect unsubscribe? And will that unsubscribe me from only that advertiser, or all advertisers?

I've looked for settings in my profile to see if there is something I should change but don't see anything yet, I'll look again after this message.

I don't pick up spam telephone calls because that says to the caller that there is a person associated to the number. Based on recent information, I'll be porting that number and establishing new VOIP numbers to sheild my identity, as increasing amount of personal info is tied to phone numbers. Same for email addresses.
Duragrouch is offline  
Old 07-18-22, 12:25 AM
  #13  
Duragrouch
Full Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 203
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 104 Post(s)
Liked 37 Times in 29 Posts
Originally Posted by Duragrouch View Post
I've looked for settings in my profile to see if there is something I should change but don't see anything yet, I'll look again after this message.
Settings and options, options, unselected "Receive emails from administrators". We'll see if that stops the advertising emails.
Duragrouch is offline  
Old 07-18-22, 05:39 PM
  #14  
IBJoel
Administrator
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 385
Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 189 Post(s)
Liked 175 Times in 117 Posts
Originally Posted by Duragrouch View Post
The Privacy Policy, as noted above, does not respect Do Not Track signals from browsers; Why should we believe they will respect unsubscribe? And will that unsubscribe me from only that advertiser, or all advertisers?
Because I am telling you it will, I know the software, and gain no benefit from whether or not you are subscribed. They're also on two different systems (vBulletin vs Exact Target).

It will unsubscribe you from the Bike Forums list, which means you will not get any emails sent on behalf of BikeForum advertisers. However, if you were on another Internet Brands site, you would still get emails from that distribution list.
IBJoel is offline  
Old 09-19-22, 08:29 AM
  #15  
Glug
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I joined this site in 2011. I was reminded of that today, when I was spammed at an email address I have only ever used with this site. It was a bikesdirect promo.

I checked my profile and "Receive our newsletter and special promotions from our partners" was unchecked. I set it that way when I originally joined, so I'm not sure why I am getting SPAM, or who thought that preference did not apply to this special SPAM offer.

Originally Posted by IBJoel View Post
It is a legitimate email from our sales team. We do not sell email addresses. We have your email because you've signed up to the site. You can unsubscribe yourself by using the link in the email. It's completely safe and unless there is a technical issue, is completely honored.
Clicking links in SPAM messages is insecure and extremely high risk. It is a wonderful way to get hacked.
Glug is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.