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Form submission spam

Thread began 2/08/2019 1:36 pm by elewis93815 | Last modified 2/11/2019 12:38 pm by Ray Borduin | 26 views | 4 replies |

elewis93815

Form submission spam

Hello, we have implemented captcha in a few of our clients contact forms and they are still getting 10-20 form submissions a day (russian dating sites etc). Is there anything else that can be done? I see this happen periodically in spirts and then it dies down

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

You may have another page or pages on the site that can be accessed without captcha? I see that a lot of times. I'd have to audit the site to be sure what page they are actually using to send the spam. Maybe add a hidden form element to the form you think it comes from and include it in the body of the email to be sure.

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elewis93815

Thank you Ray! Can you explain what the steps would be to "add a hidden form element to the form you think it comes from and include it in the body of the email to be sure" I don't believe this is anything we've ever done but willing to give it a shot. thanks again!

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Ray BorduinWebAssist

1) open the page with the form that sends the email
2) go to Insert->Form->Hidden to add a hidden form element
3) give it a name and a value (it doesn't matter what, so call it "hiddenName" and give it a value of "hiddenValue")
4) edit your email body and add this to it somewhere: <?php echo($_POST["hidddenName"]); ?>
5) make sure your hiddenName is the actual name of the hidden form element you added.

Now the next time you get a spam email see if the value from the hidden name appears where it was referenced. That would confirm that it is coming from that form.

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elewis93815

Thanks again Ray! We'll put that in place and see...

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