Inbox Solitation

BreC
By BreC Latest Reply 2015-01-04 10:20:24 -0600
Started 2015-01-03 16:43:31 -0600

I got an inbox message from someone and consider it solicitation. I don't give out my phone number to anyone I don't know. Below is the message.

Friend-in-need

5 hours ago
Hey BreC
I am trying to help a research lab in boston to build an activity and motivation sort of product for blood sugar control in type 2 diabetics. I would like to know your hurdles and challenges if you could share so we can make a more robust product for this condition. Would you have 25 minutes on phone, Skype or chat to share your thoughts

Tags: off topic spam

14 replies

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2015-01-04 10:20:24 -0600 Report

Thanks for giving us the "heads-up" on this. Before accepting any "friend" request, I usually go to that person's profile by clicking on their picture to see when they joined DC and what posts/comments they may have made. If they have just joined and have sent out an identical message to many people, that's usually a Red-flag for me and I don't accept their "friend" request.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2015-01-04 07:55:46 -0600 Report

I have asked him to wait and allow the administrators to find out exactly what he is wanting. I have not heard that he has been approved, but that kind of personal contact is not encouraged. I will check into it some more.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-01-03 22:30:59 -0600 Report

Howdy Bre and everyone else
There is no easy way to report this kind of thing as there is no report link for PMs.
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However, there is a way for those who use the computer to acess DC to report this (sorry, don't know about how this works for those who use apps).

I had received a soliciration from a lady scammer on DC a couple of years ago who wanted money from me. What I did was simply highlight the entire message (including the headers) copy the message and then send it to the folks in the admin, like John C, Rachel C,Jeanette Terry, et al, (you can send to up to 10 folks, just add their names to the "to" line) . .I then pasted the email into the PM and told why this bothered me.

I believe it was John C who got back to me pretty quickly saying that they had dealt with her. I had no more problems with her.

Whether this person is a "friend" or not you can block that person and in the dialog box tell why you wish to report them. You can find a check box on that person's profile page (below the picture on the left side) where you block them and there is a text box where you can write as to why you are blocking them.

I pray this has been helpful

James.

lilleyheidi
lilleyheidi 2015-01-03 17:54:19 -0600 Report

ya, somebody wanting something like that, they should be posting it in general chat, which is against TOS so they'd get reported and banned, so Bre, i'd report them. If they message me, I'll be sure to report them. Thanks for the heads up. HUGS, Heidi