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Spam attacks - it is not the Canadians!

Acknowledged by many as the Internet's worst case of criminal offending, Canadian Pharmacy has infiltrated the Ning network, on which the Douglas Archives Comunity is based.

First of all, I want you to know how seriously we consider this issue. Spam isn’t just an annoyance for Network Creators and their members. Spam gets in the way of member participation and interaction, which is the lifeblood of a successful, vibrant Ning Network like ours. I have already banned a number of users whose activities appear dubious. If you find that your account has been suspended in error, please let me know as soon as you can.

Unfortunately, the current spam attack promoting “Canadian Pharmacy” is a sophisticated attack attributed to a Russian cyber-criminal organization. As with other sophisticated spammers, this organization employs dozens or even hundreds of people to create accounts, resolve CAPTCHAs and verify email addresses, then passes the accounts to a large botnet to post spam from thousands of computers, each with a different IP address. Indeed, your PC, and mine if they were not protected, could be used.

The "Canadian Pharmacy" titled sites are the most common. They may also be labeled European Pharmacy for visitors from IP addresses located outside North America. When accessed from the UK, it may be called United Pharmacy.

Other sites include "PharmSite" and "best online PHARMACY." They are riddled with identical fraudulent claims.

Visitors to these sites are cautioned against placing an unsecure order for any of the products advertised. With so much obvious fraud in the set up of the web site, any reasonable person would be justified in having doubts about passing identity and credit card details to such blatant criminals.

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