Lately I’ve noticed some sneaky bastard(s) Spammer has been posing as regular commentors and trying to post comments with their names, but using an alternate URL. A couple of you have noticed and caught this as well, and I would encourage everyone to help me keep an eye out for this kind of thing in the future.
You’ll see in the example that not only are they using one of my frequent commentor’s names, they are guessing at another commenter’s e-mail address (it’s not the right one… so don’t worry) to try to really fool me – In this case, BradDet’s!
Now, the only way I caught this was that I happen to know that 3GP’s URL is http://www.mv3gp.com/, and Peter B’s URL is http://aesedra.com/wp/. But if I hadn’t caught it, the average reader wouldn’t have, and it would have simultaneouly transported people who clicked on their names to a Spam site and slandered the comment author in one fell swoop.
So, if you comment here regularly please help me keep an eye out for these fake comments. And if you run your own blog please be aware that this is going on. If it’s happening to me, it may be happening to you too. Incidentally, the way to stop it is to put the offending URLs into your MODERATE words in the OPTIONS, DISCUSSION tab in WordPress.
It also goes to show why actively moderating comments is so important to the overall health of a web site.