Receiving SPAM and prize/award messages

Spam messages can be used by criminals for illegal purposes – i.e. trying to get you to provide them with personal information that can be used for their gain.   A spammer will typically send out millions of messages in a day in the hope that a few people respond. 

It is important to note that the vast majority of messages you receive on Trackies are sent from profiles created by other members, with the exception of the occasional messages sent from the Trackies Team. Always check the message sender’s details carefully – especially if the offer sounds too good to be true.

Trackies will never ask you to send your personal details or money.

All messages from Trackies to your message centre will show up as an 'Official Trackies Message'. Also the background of the message will be watermarked with the Trackies logo.

All messages sent from Trackies do not link to a member profile (in the way that all member originated messages do) .i.e. The ‘member’ name at the top of the message is not clickable, and there is no option to reply to them – the message reply window is always greyed out.

Three common spam messages used on the internet are:

-A message that usually comes from a very attractive person asking to chat to you on Yahoo Messenger or MSN, when you add them on your list, they tell you that you can watch them on webcam for free on their webcam site, but you need to enter your credit card details for 'age verification'. Instead, you will get charged $50 or more. You should never enter your credit card details into a website you do not trust.  

-A message from a criminal wanting to be-friend you, suggesting that they are genuinely attracted to you. They then gradually suggest that they need money or assistance from you for a relative, visa arrangements, ticket to fly to you, etc.– and explain how to send them money or your bank details to ‘help’.

-A message from a criminal that looks like its from a reputable source e.g. “Official Award Team”, “Prize Award Office” etc to try to convince you that you have won a major prize, or need to respond for legal reasons, or are eligible for an exclusive offer. Often to be eligible you must send them your bank details, contact details or send them money to register. There is also often a suggestion that you will ‘miss out’ if you don’t respond, or that you have to ‘opt out’ by sending your details in response.

How can I identify a spam message or email?

The following are highly likely to be spam:

-If the member’s profile is recently created, is empty of content, or the messages they send you just ‘feel strange’.

-If you get a message or email suggesting you have won a prize or money – even if it appears to come from a legitimate source.

-If you a message or email offering you money for some kind of service from a person that you don’t even know.

-If a new ‘friend’ asks you to send money for a visa, surgery, etc.

What you can do to be safer?

Never reply to spam - if you are unsure whether a message is genuine click the ‘REPORT MEMBER’ link at the bottom of the profile page or the ‘REPORT MEMBER’ button within the message and we will investigate and/or suspend the account.

What is this at the bottom of messages I receive from new members?

As it can sometimes take time for other members to report profiles that are used for spamming, and hence for us to suspend them, we have added a reminder on messages from newly created accounts that there is an increased possibility it may have been created for the purposes of spamming and that our members should exercise caution and use good common sense.

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