asusplay - 10:40 pm on Sep 5, 2013 (gmt 0)
Well, I can confirm I didn't create these forum profiles. In the replies I got from the ones I could get removed I was told that some appeared to have been created by bots, and others told me they came from Indian IP's.
Agreed, anyone could do this against their competitors it seems. If a manual penalty doesnt get them then Penguin will.
Regarding the links provided in the RR not being in WMT, I have read in a blog post (which I linked to here and was removed) that it has happened where people have been given links not in WMT or other third party tools, or examples of links which were not spam / seemed totally fine, basically saying that Google can and does make mistakes sometimes when assessing spam links.