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Offline dcalgaro

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'Contact us' form being spammed
« on: September 12, 2005, 07:27:38 AM »
I'm curious whether this is happening to anyone else. We're using an online information form which generates an email.... and we're getting hundreds of them with bogus addresses. Basically, the fake email address appears in every field. It's quite annoying.

Any advice on preventing this is appreciated. Thanks!

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Re: 'Contact us' form being spammed
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2005, 09:17:26 AM »
Do the results of the form look something like what this member has posted?

http://www.lunarforums.com/forum/index.php?topic=27579.0

If it does, then it has been happening to several people, however if you're receiving "hundreds" of submissions, that's pretty bad.

You may want implement something like "Killbot" for your forms to hinder bots from doing this:

http://www.notonebit.com/projects/killbot/

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Re: 'Contact us' form being spammed
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2005, 09:40:35 AM »
I'm getting the same thing from an aol address. Once I get around to it, I'm writing a script that will send an email to the aol abuse address whenever that wannabe-spammer-script kiddy tries to abuse my contact form.
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Re: 'Contact us' form being spammed
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2005, 11:32:07 AM »
Leigh, killbot looks like a great option. Wonder if it would be enough to defeat the current infestation of these things - at least while we work on a way to tighten up the forms.... :?

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Re: 'Contact us' form being spammed
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2005, 11:37:55 AM »
Leigh, killbot looks like a great option. Wonder if it would be enough to defeat the current infestation of these things - at least while we work on a way to tighten up the forms.... :?

Yeah, it's at least a start.

BTW: That killbot program belongs to a member here, so if you need assistance or more information with that, scanman20 is your man  :thumb:
« Last Edit: September 14, 2005, 11:39:35 AM by leighsww »

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Re: 'Contact us' form being spammed
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2005, 12:32:01 PM »
Thanks for the endorsement Leigh. Yes, KillBot will stop these automated form attacks dead. Feel free to ask any questions here or email me.
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