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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:20 pm    Post subject: Report non-animated staff badges!!! Reply with quote

I'm posting about this in the CC Forums for a reason. I'm going on the assumption that as creators, we have higher visibility and therefore, have higher traffic volume to our homepages. I've been seeing a lot of this at my homepage and am assuming that these people truly aren't staff, but am not 100% for certain. There seems to be at least one of these at my homepage every single time I go there. I've even seen my entire visitor's panel filled with these "staff" people. As far as I know, IMVU doesn't even have that big a staff, so this is very puzzling to me, especially after I had the trouble with that one who was not only posing as me, but saying I work for IMVU. Am I getting the jitters about this? YES!!!

I'm posting screenshots (the particular one I'm showing even says they are staff on the avatar picture), so you can see what I'm talking about, but blocked the avatar name according to forum guidelines. These people all have "staff" badges, but these badges don't have the little twinkly things on them like real, known staff, and the badges don't alternate between "IMVU" and "Staff" like the known badges do. I have not recognized any of these people as "known" staff members, which is why I'm thinking they're imposters and the fact that they all seem to be flocking to MY page... Well, yes, that's making me just a "wee" bit nervous! Sad With people's accounts getting hacked and such, combined with my recent experience, of course this makes me a bit edgy. If this is NOT staff, then we have a BIG problem on IMVU and creators, having higher traffic volume to their homepages (assumption on my part) need to be on the lookout for these people... There's A LOT of them, just at my homepage alone Sad




Btw, if these people truly are staff members, then by all means leave me a message or something so I don't feel like I'm being stalked or something.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

staff have a staff bling that they usually have showing on their bling panel . Its an animated one I believe. I dont know any that have it on their display pic like that.

I am not saying their not staff, but i think you are right to be cautious

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Them badges don't look too official. :/ Methinks they are NOT staff. Heh, great, now we have stupid impersonators.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right click on the badge and select properties. If it says this;

Code:
http://www.imvu.com/common/img/icons/staff_badge.gif


then it is the genuine staff IMVU badge. If it says this:

Code:
http://userimages01.imvu.com/userdata/XXXXXX/badge_XXXXX.gif


(where the X'x are numbers/letters) then it is a user created badge.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks pretty dodgy. Real staff badges should be animated. Do like Harley suggested, and if they are not staff then you should flag the badge and flag their homepage. And stick pencils in their eyeballs too, harrr!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! That's very helpful! They do look authentic, don't they? Even the inside says the same as a "real" staff badge but like I said, these badges aren't animated. I think staff badges are the only ones on IMVU that are animated. PLEASE, someone else tell me that you've also seen these. I'm kinda starting to feel like a "marked woman" here Sad
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After you are done poking the eyes out with pencils, pour ketchup in the sockets. I hear that hurts a bit.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

its true, only IMVU made badges are animated. IMVU made these badges to be animated: IMVU Staff, Moderators, CAB, and C3. Sending you a forum PM as well...

Edited to add: *pokes a mod to escalate this to staff*
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eeee that's kind of creepy ~ I noticed a "staff" member visited my page a couple weeks ago but I just assumed they were hp hopping and stumbled upon mine - didn't even think to look to see if the badge was animated just assumed they were actually a staff member. Thanks for the heads up - I'm gonna be more cautious now Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will bring this to staff attention.Can you privately pm me any names of"staff" you feel are imposters so they can investigate please?
Many thanks and good morning CC Gen!!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surprised wow! That badge needs a flag!
Checked but not on my page... sorry Goldi.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, so here's the game plan... Everyone watch out for non-animated staff badges. Do as Harley said and right click on properties. Get that information and send it to staff. Someone is obviously distributing fake staff badges. Yes, I've seen that many of them, just at my homepage alone, which means someone is mass distributing them. I highly doubt that every single person displaying a fake staff badge created their own. I think it's more likely that one person made them and is distributing these badges.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They are pushed off your page now but it's easy to find out who ownes a badge, this is from mine:
http ://userimages01.imvu.com/userdata/18734087/badge_ae2f95b00ed10ace8572d41a39d5d5b7.gif

The bold part is my usernumber. Fill it in on the adress line here and refresh the page. Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 3:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Geez, Goldi, you certainly got someone's attention. Thanks so much for bringing this to my attention. I'm gonna link this thread to my most active groups so others may be warned about it as well.

Take care, sweetie.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like no one wanted to send me names*shrugs*
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