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Strange Fake accounts appearing
Posted December 19th, 2012 - 8:59 am by from Naples, Italy (Permalink)
Hi guys,
it seems that some fake accounts is now being made to
attract people on facebook, needless to say they are account of nice girls (with 0 friends and references) made in 5 minutes
with strange couchrequests like : " le'ts chat on facebook, i will be very happy".
for example http://www.couchsurfing.org/profile.html?city_couchrequest=1123362&id=12HIVG3P

things like this never showed up before the alliance between facebook and couch$tealing.

Posted December 19th, 2012 - 1:16 pm from Rockchapel, Ireland (Republic of)
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Posted December 19th, 2012 - 4:26 pm by from Perugia, Italy (Permalink)
I confirm,
a couple of weeks ago I got a really impersonal and quite obviously random request to "hang out" (or something to that effect) from a girl ... who didn't seem to be travelling or anything.

Posted December 19th, 2012 - 6:28 pm from Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Posted December 19th, 2012 - 6:49 pm by from Lisboa, Portugal (Permalink)
I've also seen weird profiles lately that are most likely fake.

I'm still not used to this new CS. So if I post an open couchrequest people from that city will be able to see it or only if they open my profile?

Posted December 19th, 2012 - 8:06 pm from Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Posted December 19th, 2012 - 8:09 pm from Rockchapel, Ireland (Republic of)
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Posted December 19th, 2012 - 8:15 pm from Rockchapel, Ireland (Republic of)
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Posted December 19th, 2012 - 8:21 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
The Facebook crowd trying to replicate a "poke". Can't blame them - nobody asked them not to poke around here, too.

Posted December 19th, 2012 - 11:37 pm by from Katoomba, Australia (Permalink)
I think she sums her profile up nicely herself in her personal description:

"I am easygoing, trustworthy and very irrelevant!"

Not just irrelevant, but VERy irrelevant it seems :)

Posted December 20th, 2012 - 7:55 pm from Dirkou, Niger
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Posted December 25th, 2012 - 2:38 am from Olofstrom, Sweden
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Posted December 31st, 2012 - 9:52 am from Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Posted December 31st, 2012 - 6:36 pm from Columbus, United States
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Posted December 31st, 2012 - 7:08 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
When did this become the "We are for helping CS make more profit by removing fake profiles" group?

Posted December 31st, 2012 - 8:18 pm from Columbus, United States
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Posted December 31st, 2012 - 11:48 pm from Paris, France
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Posted January 1st, 2013 - 1:01 am by from Dijon, France (Permalink)
"you need to stop logging on altogether since you are helping CS by
giving them traffic, which supports the changes they have made to the
site.




"Since, unless you are a hypocrite, I won't see you again, it was nice knowing you."


;-)

So if I join the picket line at the Walmart, I am just giving Walmart free publicity?

However if I go in the store and work for free for management, I am showing I'm not a "hypocrite"?

Sort of like, "be a pacifist; join the army"

Polyglot has arguably done more to inform people of the malfeasance of CS management than anyone else. I think you are capable of finding a better target.

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Posted January 1st, 2013 - 2:51 am by from Arlington, United States (Permalink)
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Posted January 1st, 2013 - 2:57 am from Arlington, United States
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Posted January 1st, 2013 - 10:19 am by from Paris, France (Permalink)
Thanks guys, Happy New Year everyone. Starting the year with 4764 group members.

Don't ever be afraid of the remote possibility that your posts here will one day increase the CS revenue stream or share value based on clicks.

This year should definitely be interesting.

Posted January 3rd, 2013 - 8:03 pm from Padova, Italy
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Posted December 24th, 2012 - 11:23 am by from Alice Springs, Australia (Permalink)
That profile does seem fake, but they've done their homework, it's very much within the standard CS format.
But who would be creating fake profiles, and why?

Posted December 26th, 2012 - 6:07 am by from Montreal, Canada (Permalink)
Is anyone aware of a massive CS campaign somewhere to get people to sign up? All of a sudden, my city group is crowded by messages from people who registered 1-2 weeks ago. Weird.

Posted December 26th, 2012 - 8:58 am by from Paris, France (Permalink)
"my city group is crowded by messages from people who registered 1-2 weeks ago."

If you still have a city group, judge yourself lucky.

If this is about a "Place", that's normal, and if they are somewhat related messages rather than couch requests, again, you are lucky. Other "Places" are cluttered with couch requests from people who signed up 1-2 days ago and want to be hosted for Christmas or New Years' Eve.

Posted December 26th, 2012 - 11:05 pm from Paris, France
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Posted December 31st, 2012 - 8:28 am from Arlington, United States
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Posted December 31st, 2012 - 8:59 am from Vienna, Austria
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Posted December 31st, 2012 - 11:50 pm from Paris, France
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Posted January 7th, 2013 - 6:59 pm from London, England
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Posted January 8th, 2013 - 7:47 pm from Paris, France
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Posted January 8th, 2013 - 8:44 pm from Arlington, United States
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Posted January 9th, 2013 - 1:37 am from Paris, France
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Posted January 8th, 2013 - 9:35 pm by from Meknes, Morocco (Permalink)
fake messages deserve full ignorance but cautions to other members is a massive priority