No, not cigarettes. Even when I was a fairly heavy smoker, I couldn’t manage that many.
Yes, they are all caught by WordPress, and placed into my Spam Folder. But now they have reached a total of almost 300 a day so far this week, it is impossible to go through them to find any genuine comments in amongst all that rubbish.
Today, I scanned them (288) quickly, just in case. Every single one of them was sent by the same ‘person’. (Undoubtedly not a real person.)
I searched that IP address, and this is who it comes back to.
Current IP Range: 18.104.22.168 – 22.214.171.124
IP Range Location: Ireland
IP Owner: Tsg Interactive Services Limited
Owner Full IP Range:
126.96.36.199 – 188.8.131.52
Owner Address: King Edward Bay Complex, King Edward Road, Onchan, IOM, Im3 1Dz, Isle of Man, British Isles, Isle of Man
Owner Country: Ireland
Owner Phone: +441624632666
All Owner IP Ranges: 184.108.40.206 – 220.127.116.11
All Owner CIDR: 18.104.22.168/22
All Owner IP Reverse DNS (Host)s: 98-23.colo.sta.blacknight.ie
Whois Record Created: 16 Apr 2011
Someone in Ireland, with a company registered on The Isle Of Man. There is even a phone number. (Which I didn’t ring, in case that was also a scam.) It is worth knowing that the .dex domain name is encrypted, and .dex domains are associated with ‘Ransomware’ demands.
So whatever you do, make sure to never click on any links sent by this company. Not ever!
Each comment is so long, consisting of 20-odd lines of nonsense, followed by 16 links to products or services, it took me a full four minutes ten seconds just to delete them by clicking on ‘Empty Spam’. (Yes, I was fed up enough to time it.)
Surely there must be some way that WordPress can block this pest? If I can find out so easily who is responsible, then a company like WordPress must be able to put a stop to them.
Don’t you agree?
(Just after posting this, I checked the Spam Folder. 10 more!)