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    Grandma broke her coccyx! Uncle Rico's Avatar
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    Spammer Using the Contact Us Form
    I am just amazed how obtuse spammers are and can be. I have a contact us page on my site where your question is emailed to the admin. I have received atleast 15 emails in the past few days using this form from spammers telling me to buy viagra or other popular drugs. It's not like they are going to reach hundreds or thousands of people with their spam, it's just going to the admin of the site.

    I really feel this is manual spam since you have to answer a question in order to submit the form.

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    I had the same problem. I actually took the contact us form off of my website. Now on my contact us page I just instruct my visitors to contact us at the following email address: (then here I put an image of my email address). This has helped.

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    Grandma broke her coccyx! Uncle Rico's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by fms
    I had the same problem. I actually took the contact us form off of my website. Now on my contact us page I just instruct my visitors to contact us at the following email address: (then here I put an image of my email address). This has helped.
    That's not a bad idea. Thanks.

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    The slot machine that IS paid! Billy Kay's Avatar
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    I get that too

    My contact us form has required fields, frop down choices (is this a shipping related question?), etc

    Yet they fill out all the fields and submit!

    So Shawn Collins has on his blog a line that says "Add 5 plus 2" (to get 7), which I added, and they STILL spam me - lol

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    As an AM with 5 accounts, I've got contact information to inquire about all of my affiliate programs out there. You don't know SPAM. And people with "great ideas for a product" that don't take the time to find out the correct person to send their information. I get a lot of "Could you forward this to the right person...."
    Sure! Their name sounds like complete.

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    That's only happened to me once thank goodness. I don't need anymore silly spam.

    But I do get a lot of "friendly spam" you know how you email someone once and then all of a sudden you are on their mailing list....grrrrrrr.

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    Hmm. Let's see. Just how must the mind of a spammer work:

    "Oh boy, oh boy. Gonna git rich. Gonna git rich. Rich sellin' Viagra. If I can get one sale for every 10,000,000, contact forms I spam ... and if it take 3 minutes to fill out each contact form, and I fill out only 50,000,000 contact forms per day ... aw, heck, can't do the math ... can't do the math ... oh, well ... fill out the forms anyway ... fill out the forms anyway ..."

    Or something like that.
    Generate more fake news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Kay
    So Shawn Collins has on his blog a line that says "Add 5 plus 2" (to get 7), which I added, and they STILL spam me - lol
    Billy, I really think that if you put a tougher math problem on there, you'll be in business...Here's one:

    A woman and her grandson have the same birthday. For six consecutive birthdays, she is an integral multiple of his age. How old is the grandmother at the sixth of these birthdays?

    Set your form to only accept the answers "66", "Huh?" or "Are you kidding me?" and you should be set.

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    I have the same problem but have been able to cut it way back by validating the heck out of the form fields. ...Like checking for at least 4 characters before and after the @ and a period after that, minimum required message text and a home made keyword filter. It was work but I get some valuable communications through my form to database contact pages...

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    Spammer Using the Contact Us Form
    And it's getting worse than that.

    I had the same problem. I actually took the contact us form off of my website. Now on my contact us page I just instruct my visitors to contact us at the following email address: (then here I put an image of my email address). This has helped.
    The problem I see with that is that sooner or later, that image may show up on the search engines like Goo.images etc...

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    I have this problem as well and have set up a lot of filters in my email client to trash the junk. What I plan to do next is add a good CAPTCHA to my contact form, that should help.

    - Scott
    Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snib
    I have this problem as well and have set up a lot of filters in my email client to trash the junk. What I plan to do next is add a good CAPTCHA to my contact form, that should help.

    - Scott
    1. I dynamically change the names of my input fields, that keeps the form-bots away (the ones that look for "name", "email" fields..
    2. captcha seemed too hard to read most of the time, so i just have a random word that i ask them to type.
    Now instead of requiring it to match, i just say "thanks", so spammer thinks they were successful. Sure some legit stuff gets missed, but if someone didn't bother to go by the rules I probably don't want to read their message anyway.

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    Don't people have anything better to do than SPAM (rhetorical question) ?

    I put a CAPTCHA in my form, and it helped.

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    Have been getting 10-12 a day for a week now to our inhouse programs. Go tech looking into it. Here's an example:

    email notification

    New affiliate joined your affiliate program. Affiliate details:

    Name: cipro cipro
    Username/email: cipro
    Website: https: //www. blogger.com/comment.g?...13238551335706
    Country: Canada
    Status: Pending (YOUR APPROVAL IS NEEDED TO ACTIVATE AFFILIATE ACCOUNT)

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    Grandma broke her coccyx! Uncle Rico's Avatar
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    I added an image verification mechanism to the contact us form and the spam emails have stopped.

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    OPM and Moderator Chuck Hamrick's Avatar
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    That's what we did too! And it stopped.

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    For sites where you want to maintain ease of use (some people have problems with captchas, for the life of me I can never get the vbulletin one right myself), you can also check for refer and make sure it only works if it matches your refer. Add to that an id you generate off the current date as a hidden value and check for that, and you can stop almost all spam and avoid captchas.

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