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  1. mikesaltzman

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    About 2 days ago I started receiving chat invitation spam. I get a new "chat request" about every 4 hours now always from a random spam-ish looking aol.com email address [latest one is: lori3251@aol.com]. The requests get a notification and create a notification sound similar to a text message. When I click the notification I get the following message box:

    Accept invitation

    NNNN####@aol.com wants to chat with you. Will you accept?

    I have the options to accept, cancel and block. I block, and the requests keep coming. Anyone have any idea how/why Im receiving these and how to stop them?
     

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    Erm.. which IM or VOIP service would you be having these spam problems with?
     
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    I dont use an IM service on my phone. I dont have AIM or anything really... and I dont use a VOIP service either. I really have no idea where these messages are coming from and I cant find anyone else with a similar problem through google searches.
     
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    How are you receiving these messages then?

    You must be running something - talk?
     
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    I checked what apps were running in the background. and "Skype Mobile" and "Talk" were both running despite that i never installed them. (I killed "Talk" and Im trying to kill Skype but it keeps relaunching). Neither show up on my installed apps list btw.

    Im not sure what "Talk" does or how it started running (if its new?)-- was that the likely problem?
     
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    Talk is part of your basic Android setup.

    No need to kill it. In fact, killing things usually gets you nowhere.

    Launch it, then goto menu, settings, turn off: automatically sign in.

    Back out from there, choose sign off.

    Ditto on Skype - launch it, check settings, look for similar procedures/options on that one.
     
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    Did this work? I was woke-up by the same thing yesterday (8:30AM) but it's only been from my friend's aol account. The wording of the request wasn't proper grammar so I knew immed. it wasn't actually from aol/my friend. I asked him if he was hacked & he said no (he's in IT so he kinda took it personally) but yesterday it was every 20-30 minutes! I had to sleep with my phone on silent which defeats the purpose of having a phone. Today/since 10AM it's been every 1-3 hours. Really annoying & I've done the same reject and cancel thing - I wasn't given a block option. I'm going to try the method listed above & I'll let You know if it works.
     
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    Thanks earlymon

    Yea turns out it was google talk. Gotta love how google forced me to install talk which has been spamming me with random aol.com requests for the last week.

    If anyone else starts getting these kind of messages you can find Google Talk in your Application list under "talk" and then tell it not to automatically sign in and to sign off and such. I imagine google also decided i was a fool not to use skype and that explains why Skype was also suddenly installed.

    Thanks to all those who offered ideas/help on this.
     
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    I've had trouble with a spammy message all morning! The same as described on here by others. I seem to have cured it by not allowing 'talk' to automatically sign in as someone suggested. Thanks guys, you've been a great help!
     
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    Thanks guys I did what you said. But, how are these people getting my email?
     
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    Got a Gmail account?

    Now it starts - see posts on Google's new privacy policy
     
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    EarlyMon, This worked. Thanks!
     
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    Yesterday I received a similar message. When I opened the text message I got a dialog box to Chat, Allow or Block. I selected Block.

    Today I noticed that a contact entry had been added for the sender. Now I am concerned that this was more than just spam. Any thoughts about ho wI can investigate this more?
     
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    I've been getting the same thing, chat request from angel****@aol.com (same person every time) and it adds it to my contact list. I'm wondering if it's related to that MP3 downloader app, since that one likes to throw spam notifications here and there. I'll try uninstalling it and see what happens.
     
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    Me too - sudden uninvited 'talk' spam. I think it is the result of Google's new 'Privacy' (read: uncontrollably public) settings. They should have to ask us - we should not have to scrounge around figuring out how to opt out.
    Google you've got it wrong wrong wrong.
     
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    Somewhat of a long post so scroll down to Resolution if you just want a quick fix.

    Context: I purchased a new Galaxy Nexus from Google just a few days ago. I wanted a "pure" android experience w/o the telco carrier and all their bloatware and os upgrade delays.

    When I received the phone I immediately synced my gmail accounts and apps from the google cloud and installed Lookout premium, avast! mobile security, Ad Network Detector (from Lookout), Carrier IQ (Lookout), and DroidDream cleaner (Lookout). So, I feel that the essential basic security is sound and everything has always checked out clean with no viruses, etc.

    I don't have skype, I don't chat, don't use facebook or any other social network, no IM apps, no VOIP -- none of that stuff.

    How they got my email address to begin with is unknown. Then again, someone probably just sold it to them.

    Issue: Within a few hours of having this new phone I received an unsolicited Google Talk chat invite from bendyplumz8@gmail.com. WT? (Gee, I wonder what this is about?) Imagine my surprise and disbelief that someone/something was suddenly spamming my hours old new phone/email through Google (and it wasn't happening before with my Galaxy S from the carrier).

    I dismissed it from the notification bar.

    Today I received this same spam invite and was in front of the computer to do some research on it and that's when I found this forum. Thanks for the posts and here's my contribution.

    Resolution: I have always had my chat setting on Invisible and thought that was the least visible/ most discreet setting since one is virtually "invisible". I was wrong. I needed it to be set on "off"!

    1. I went into the chat area on the left and clicked "sign out of chat". After this is changed, a link will appear that says "Sign into chat".

    2. Next I clicked on the options arrow next to "Chat" and selected "Chat settings" at the bottom.

    3. On the Chat Settings page I selected:

    Chat: "chat off"
    My chat history: "never save chat history"
    Auto-add suggested contacts: "Only allow people that I've explicitly approved to chat with me and see when I'm online".

    4. I then repeated that for each of my Gmail accounts.

    5. On the account that the spam chat invite appeared, an automatic contact had been generated in my contacts so I deleted that contact and scanned for any other rogue entries in my contacts.

    So far so good - no idiot spam Chat invites from nefarious strangers have come in.

    The disturbing thing to me is that although I was technically signed in to chat (although my setting was on invisible), this spamming never occurred on my previous phone (Galaxy S) as noted above. It had Google talk on it also but I never used it. Hmm, why all of a sudden with a brand new phone from Google did this occur?
     
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    kimasa,

    Do you have Ice Cream Sandwich OS installed?
    If so could you explain how you went into the chat area?

    I went to apps, selected talk.
    I see a list of contacts.
    There does not seem to be a chat area.

    mz.
     
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    mz,

    Yes, I have ICS 4.0.4 - factory installed by Google.

    I fixed the chat settings through Gmail on my computer. I did not go through the phone.

    Also, the requests I received came from phishing type email addresses that were not in my address book. They self installed in the address book after the request.

    Hope this helps - although it looks like you may have already resolved it.

    Update: Still have not received any unsolicited chat invitation spam since doing the above.
     
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    Yep, it was the Talk. Follow the steps described under settings and it's all clear now.
    Thank you!!

    GeorgeB
     
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    I have mine set to "Only allow people that I've explicitly approved to chat with me and see when I'm online.". That way I can still enjoy the service without being bothered by strange unknown people. :)
     

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