Posting in this old thread because it's not Lovecraft related but it is bot related.
So, sometimes if i'm on a forum, especially if i'm feeling ornery or full of beer,
and i encounter a good crop of bot spam which connects to what looks like an actual company,
I take a screenshot and email it to them with an admonition to knock it off, just to let them know that real humans have noticed and think it's not cool, on the off chance that it will convince whoever is responsible that it's not a good advertising technique.
I almost never hear back from any of them.
However, a few days ago, I saw a bunch of spam re: patio furniture on this forum and I did what I just described. I got a response from Joe at Contract Furnishings Intl., who seemed genuinely surprised to find out about it. He says he has no idea what is going on, but asked me to repost his response here to exonerate his company and let anyone who might be interested in wholesale outdoor furniture that he's not a spammer. Since he was nice enough to respond, I'm doing just that. Not sure what linkedin has to do with it, but here goes:
When I received your message this morning, I was wondering what in the world I had said to irritate you so much. The last thing I want to do is to give my company a bad name, and I am extremely careful to make occasional, appropriate posts. I dislike Spam as much as you do (unless it’s fried and on a sandwich).
However, after looking at your attached copies of the Spam, I am pleased to report that I / we had nothing to do with this, and that it is indeed Spam. Unauthorized Spam. Now I want to know how deep the wormhole goes. There’s probably more of it.
*Isaac42001 has no affiliation with me or with Contract Furnishings International, Inc.
*We do not belong to any of the groups you noted and I did not visit any of those groups, nor did I make or authorize any of those posts.
*I do have several competitors on LinkedIn… it is possible one of them is trying to blackball me.
Please note the below article about copy cats and fraud on LinkedIn, the same as with any social media.
These postings you refer to are fraudulent, and I thank you for bringing it to my attention, and I thank you also for making a copy of these posts... that is great work on your part! I have reported this to LinkedIn via their website Help Center, as noted below.
Thank you and best regards,
Contract Furnishings International, Inc."