Grouply-a website/service

 I am in several Yahoo groups and received this warning email about a service called Grouply. Here’s most of the email:

About Grouply – Some questions have been raised recently about a website/service called ‘Grouply’. After doing some fairly extensive research through various avenues, the determination about Grouply is to STAY VERY FAR AWAY!!One member just VISITED the site and now other members are getting
‘please join’ spam from Grouply. The website’s official purpose is a
service to allow you to tie together all your yahoo groupsand google
groups into one easily navigable page. But these guys go way too far.

When one joins Grouply, you give them your yahoo i.d. and password
(which is a screaming red flag right there). That gives them access
to ALL your yahoo data. Mail, groups, financial data, EVERYTHING.
In order to sync all your group info in one place, grouply downloads
your group’s entire database AND your address book. It changes your
mail preferences and even your mail address to Grouply.

Worse yet, a yahoo group memberwho joins Grouply allows them to
upload to the group as well, in your name, links to viral and malware
loaded sites. Once Grouply gets access to a group, they can do
anything they want to it. All of the members’ information becomes
freely available on Grouply.

There has also been some indication that one of the side ‘businesses’
of Grouply is address mining. Anecdotal stories abound of
groups. . . infected by Grouply whose members see a surge of spam
mail in the group’s name.

In short, Grouply is bad news, and it is highly recommended that you avoid it at all costs.
Big time bad news. Any member who has had ANY contact with Grouply contact your group moderators.  


Bottom line: don’t give out your password or ID’s!

7 thoughts on “Grouply-a website/service

  1. trish October 20, 2008 / 10:42 am

    thank you!! I remember something pooping up about grouply and I almost signed up-but I didn’t type in my password or anything, I exited out before I did that-I am so glad I read this !!


  2. abdelaziz November 3, 2008 / 9:48 am

    bonsoir à vous je désire me connecter mercie


  3. Bob Richard November 10, 2008 / 3:29 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Without this warning, few people would realize they could be giving away access to their email folders, financial data, personal calendars, etc.


  4. Ahmnodt Heare November 19, 2008 / 9:33 am

    Rule of thumb: If you did not request the offering, never give them any information. If they initiated, they’re probably phishing.
    Unless you’re calling technical support, most services will never ask for your password or other information.


  5. ibne siraj December 7, 2008 / 12:31 pm

    Thanks for the information. Many will be benefited fro this piece of post.


  6. ibne siraj December 7, 2008 / 12:32 pm

    Thanks for the information. Many will be benefited from this piece of post.


  7. Shera February 11, 2009 / 11:07 pm

    Thank you so much. I was actually thinking of joining but I want to thank you for helping me not make a huge mistake!!!


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