"plant a tree" email - Mothering Forums

 
Thread Tools
#1 of 7 Old 02-17-2008, 12:08 AM - Thread Starter
 
gen_here's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 1,016
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm not sure if this is the right spot to post this - I'll try in TAO as well just in case. But I wanted to caution the mamas here about an email I received recently from a friend through mamasource. It was seemingly innocent enough - one of those "we'll plant a tree for each mama who clicks the link" things. They also offered to check your email address book if you wanted to find other friends of yours that were already members of mamasource - and they wouldn't store your password was the only other instruction there. So I did the change password, check list, change password back thing. After they checked, they asked me if I wanted to send the plant-a-tree email to anyone and they automatically selected 4 people. I said no to 3, allowed one, and thought that was it.

However, they sent out invitations to almost everyone in my email address book without my permission. I received emails from non-mamas asking what it was about, which is how I knew it happened. An invite was sent to my (deceased) mother's account, too... so I KNOW I wouldn't have sent that there. Plus, I had two people tell me that just by clicking the no strings attached plant-a-tree link, they got signed up for daily newsletters from mamasource.

Email attempts to mamasource were first totally misread and then ignored. When I sent an email through my mom's account to get them to end her subscription, they sent one back asking me to reconsider. When I explained the situation, who I was, my personal email address, I'd really like to talk to someone so that this doesn't happen to others, etc, I just received a "we closed this account" email. My other friend who wrote them got much the same response.

I have no idea if they're actually planting trees or not - I hope so for all this. But if I can spare someone else the trouble that I'm going through with them - and the complete refusal on their part to discuss it - I'd like to.
gen_here is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 of 7 Old 02-17-2008, 08:55 AM
 
nigellas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 755
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wow - thanks for the heads up! How slimy of them!
nigellas is offline  
#3 of 7 Old 02-17-2008, 09:22 AM
 
wednesday's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 5,421
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Interesting. I somehow got on mamsource's list of people to annoy, it was related to a mama I had bought something from online. I was like Why did she give them my email? Maybe it was the same scenario as with you, they took her whole address book.
wednesday is offline  
 
#4 of 7 Old 02-17-2008, 09:29 AM
 
LandonsMom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 941
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
WOW, Glad I didnt open the few links I got from friends....I just had a bad feeling about it...Thanks for posting.
LandonsMom is offline  
#5 of 7 Old 02-17-2008, 10:38 AM
 
ScootchsMom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: NEPA
Posts: 1,370
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Something similar happened to me, though not with mammasource. My dad sent me some link to some mapping website that would show you where your friends are, or something like that. I clicked the link to check it out and as soon as I did it emailed my ENTIRE address book, including my old bosses and coworkers that I hadn't talked to in over a year

Not fun!

Liz

Loving WAHM/Student Mommy to DD (6.5) and DS (2.5)  

ScootchsMom is offline  
#6 of 7 Old 03-11-2008, 12:39 PM
 
shamumama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 58
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
There's more info about this scam, and a link back to this thread here:

http://mamasource.blogspot.com/

...and this blog entry has more detail on how this site works...
http://www.advicegoddess.com/archive...rows_on_t.html

In a nutshell, DON'T click on the links in these emails and DON'T log in to the mamasource website, and DO forward the "plant a tree" or "send a flower" emails to [email protected]

This kind of thing really pisses me off! Especially since they are using legit non-profits to try to harvest more email addresses to spam more people with so some smart-assed spam king in San Francisco named Artie Wu can get rich. Read the blog links above for more details on that.

I have also been getting spammed from something called BluBet which seems to be posing as a contact network site, suspiciously soon after getting spammed by a few women from mamasource.com . Maybe it's another email harvesting shell from the same guy.

Yuck.
shamumama is offline  
#7 of 7 Old 03-11-2008, 10:28 PM
 
redhotmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Posts: 1,148
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
The same thing happened to an acquaintence of mine. I received the mamasource email from her, though I hardly know her (via email). Then she sent out another email saying how she had only emailed it to her mom, but it took her entire address book hostage. What a creepy thing!

Happy mama to three DD's age 13
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
, age 10.5
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
, age 8
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
and DS, born January 6
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
redhotmama is offline  
Reply


User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Online Users: 11,268

20 members and 11,248 guests
Deborah , Elliedeee , emmy526 , hillymum , Katherine73 , Leelee3 , manyhatsmom , mckittre , medicalfun63 , motordna3 , Patricia Solves , RebeccaWo , RollerCoasterMama , scaramouche131 , sciencemum , seap3 , sren , zebra15
Most users ever online was 449,755, 06-25-2014 at 12:21 PM.