The Moderators have discussed this issue with the site owners and the IT Guys.
Word on the street is scammers like this is on the rise across all legitimate sites, which I agree with since both my wife and youngest daughter have brought to my attention even their Instagram have been "hacked" much like this.
The rules have been changed to all members with a post count of "0" will no longer be able to use any of the messaging systems here:
1. No Private Messages (PM's)
2. No Visitor Messages
3. No Email to Members through Speypages
All new members must make a post in the New Member Forum that needs to be approved by a Moderator or Administrator, no exceptions.
A word of caution to our members here, if it looks suspicious, it is. If a new member, or a member with a post count of "0" ask you for something, do not oblige. I know it will be tough for our community, since everyone here is about sharing. However if someone wants to fast track, that means their not here for the community and will have no investment here. In other words, no proof of wanting to be legitimate or being a part of this community.
Also, we ask our members here to not post their email addresses or phone numbers any more. I know some have posted emails that cannot be copied and pasted into an address, but that only protects from "BOTS". These new scammers actually have a face or some very technical code. Just don't take the chance. The more diligent everyone is here, the less chance this site will be a target.
If a scammer comes across here, please report it. Whether the message is posted in a thread or through a private message. Reported threads and messages get looked at quickly by Moderators, we get a notification.
Thank you for your understanding and tight lines and thread wraps