Blog commenters, beware! Spammers might be using your identity to post spam comments on various blogs!!!
Today, I was surprised to see one of my blogger friends, Eihdra, post four spam comments on my blog. She’s a frequent commenter here at GEORYL so this came as a big surprise.
It’s a good thing that WordPress records the I.P. addresses of all commenters. Look what I’ve got when I searched for Eihdra’s name in the WP Dashboard Comments panel:
The comments were posted using the same email addresses (hidden to protect Eihdra’s identity) but the commenters originated from two different IP addresses. The real Eihdra’s comments were posted from an IP address in the Philippines while the spammer’s comments were made from Michigan, USA.
What troubles me is the fact that spammers are now targeting legit bloggers to post spam comments on blogs. It’s an identity theft that all bloggers must be aware of. It’s a good thing that WordPress has this feature of recording IP addresses of commenters because I was able to determine that the recent comments were fake but what about other blogging platform (like Blogger) that doesn’t show the commenter’s IP address?
The internet is really becoming a dangerous place. All along, I thought that all you need to protect are your social security numbers, birthdays and other personal info but now, even your email address can be stolen and used by identity thefts for their unscrupulous deeds.
I would like to request all bloggers who will get to read this post to digg, tweet on Twitter and share this article on Facebook. You can even blog about this incident to inform, warn and protect other bloggers from this kind of identity theft. Let’s look after our fellow bloggers – and hope that they’ll do the same for us.