What to do about possible spammers?

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I have received a personal message from a person who appears to be a spammer.  The message is not relevant to anything or anyone in my tree and his/her profile does not appear to be authentic. What to do about this?
in Policy and Style by Mike Morrow G2G Crew (830 points)
retagged by Michael Stills
I delete without any other action any emails I get that

1) I don't recognize
2) Claim to be just like Oprah uses
3) Offer companionship.
Hi Mike

I got one of those too.  I did just what Dennis recommends below. Then I spammed it in my email programme.

2 Answers

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Best answer
When you get an e-mail through the WikiTree system from a non-member, or from a member who isn't logged in, the system adds a note to it saying if the message appears to be bulk spam, you should forward it to info@wikitree.com.  If your spam came from another logged in member, and you question his profile, I would suggest forwarding it to the same address and explain your concern and rationale.  Someone on the team will follow up.
by Dennis Barton G2G6 Pilot (258k points)
selected by Lauren Conte
+1 vote
I also wanted to mention to not put your email address in your profile.  Allow users to contact you through Wiki messaging system.  I had my email in my profile and sure enough I get a message from someone who said they got my email from Wikitree ... their name was ____ and they were dislocated from Syria wanting to get to their bank account, but _____ (you can guess the rest.)

 

Needless to say, I removed my email and blocked that person. :)
by Skye Sonczalla G2G6 Mach 1 (11.1k points)
In addition to don't put email on your profile, don't put it on the G2G

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