[Talk-GB] Spamdalism caught

Dan S danstowell+osm at gmail.com
Tue Oct 20 11:25:02 UTC 2015


Also used by real, normal, new phone numbers in London, such as my
home landline! Please don't assume 0203 means bad things :)

Dan

2015-10-20 7:14 GMT-04:00 Philip Barnes <phil at trigpoint.me.uk>:
> It came as little surprise that they have an 0203 number,  which is a virtual number range as used by 'you've had an accident in the last 3 years' scammers.
>
> I would assume they are not a bricks and mortar business.
>
> Phil (trigpoint)
>
> On Tue Oct 20 12:03:14 2015 GMT+0100, Andy Townsend wrote:
>> On 19/10/2015 17:05, Amaroussi (OpenStreetMap) wrote:
>> > FYi, I just reverted a small yet disruptive case of spamdalism by user “Office Cleaners London” (did I just invent a new term for OSM?).
>> >
>> > Reverting changeset: http://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/34735686
>> >
>> > Offending changesets: http://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/34468479 and http://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/34468339
>> >
>> > What should we do with the user “Office Cleaners London”?
>> >
>>
>> I'd send them a polite message via a changeset discussion comment
>> explaining what went wrong with their edit.
>>
>> Perhaps explain that if they're a genuine bricks-and-mortar business
>> that exists in the physical world we'd love to have them in OSM, and
>> perhaps point them at http://onosm.org as a way to get a note added to
>> avoid them having to tangle with one of the OSM editors.  Oddly, the
>> address on their website is up near London Bridge rather than south of
>> Elephant and Castle, which might be something else to mention.
>>
>> Someone "changing a road to be a POI" looks more like a cockup than a
>> conspiracy* to me.  There are spammers adding stuff to OSM (though
>> thankfully more in the USA than here); most are better at it than this.
>>
>> Cheers,
>>
>> Andy
>>
>> * (c) Bernard Ingham
>>
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