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Spam on my website reply form

Is this normal?

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I have recently completely redesigned my website and, for the first time, I have included a "Contact me" form. I now find that I am getting spam notifications in my inbox from my website form with offers and advertising etc. Is this normal, and something that I just have to put up with, or is there anthing I can do to stop this?

I am going to contact my web designer but thought that I would ask you guys first.

Many thanks.

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By taxrocks
15th Dec 2020 11:14

I got loads. I had to put in a cache image to stop it.

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By taxrocks
15th Dec 2020 11:17

*captcha

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By SteveOH
15th Dec 2020 11:33

Brilliant. I'd forgotten about that. I'll get my web people to put that on my form.

(presumably you mean "Tick this box to prove I am not a robot" kind of thing)

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By tom123
15th Dec 2020 14:20

We took our reply form down because of this.
In the end it was that or use a "captcha" type thing.

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By SXGuy
15th Dec 2020 17:16

Yes it's normal. What you need is to implement re captcha to stop the spam bots.

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By NewACA
17th Dec 2020 16:33

I believe its called: reCAPTCHA (the one owned by Google that most businesses use, where you see the green tick on clicking, or boxes come up and you have to click on the boxes with: cars, traffic lights, boats, cycles or what-have-you!).

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By NewACA
17th Dec 2020 16:34

That isn't a guarantee either though, some clever spammers have now learned how to get around that one too, but it should put off most of them at least!

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By Luke.J.fletcher
17th Dec 2020 17:07

We saw a noticeable drop in Spam after adding a reCaptcha. It was also easy to do as I managed to add myself. There will be a Google guide explaining what you need to do if you're inclined to give it a go.

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By elliottchandler
19th Dec 2020 20:46

All Web forms need some kind of security to stop spammers. It should be the default but sadly it is not.

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