[Talk-GB] Spamdalism caught

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Tue Oct 20 11:27:11 UTC 2015


020-3 is not a "virtual" number, it's a normal London number range. 



On 2015-10-20 13:14, Philip Barnes wrote: 

> 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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