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  1. #1
    Roger H
    Guest

    Default Replies to inquiry forms.

    Many of my websites have inquiry forms, and just lately we have been
    receiving an annoying number of replies which contain just numbers and
    gobbledygook in the required fields. I just delete these, thinking they are
    some sort of phishing, but could anyone suggest what they actually are, and
    why the sudden increase from about one or two a week to about twenty? By the
    way, the IP address is also included, so is there any merit in aiming
    something back at the senders?


  2. #2
    Nancy O
    Guest

    Default Re: Replies to inquiry forms.

    Phishing is when a sender or website pretends to be an entity it isn't in an
    attempt to illegally gather sensitive information from clients such as
    credit card #, usernames & passwords. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing

    Sounds to me like Spambots are exploiting your forms. Are you using the
    formmailer php script from db masters with spam control? We were getting
    100+ robot spam submissions per day on one site. Since I implemented
    formmailer, we are getting 0.

    Don't waste time responding to this junk. Chances are the IP addresses are
    disguised and phony.


    --Nancy O.
    Alt-Web Design & Publishing
    www.alt-web.com

    "Roger H" <hughes_roger@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:gcvn76$g962@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > Many of my websites have inquiry forms, and just lately we have been
    > receiving an annoying number of replies which contain just numbers and
    > gobbledygook in the required fields. I just delete these, thinking they

    are
    > some sort of phishing, but could anyone suggest what they actually are,

    and
    > why the sudden increase from about one or two a week to about twenty? By

    the
    > way, the IP address is also included, so is there any merit in aiming
    > something back at the senders?
    >




  3. #3
    Roger H
    Guest

    Default Re: Replies to inquiry forms.

    Hi Nancy,
    I am using Formailer php but I don't know about its spam control? Is it
    automatic or do you have to implement something?

    "Nancy O" <nancyoshea1@NOSPAMatt.net> wrote in message
    news:gd03nc$hot2@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > Phishing is when a sender or website pretends to be an entity it isn't in
    > an
    > attempt to illegally gather sensitive information from clients such as
    > credit card #, usernames & passwords.
    > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing
    >
    > Sounds to me like Spambots are exploiting your forms. Are you using the
    > formmailer php script from db masters with spam control? We were getting
    > 100+ robot spam submissions per day on one site. Since I implemented
    > formmailer, we are getting 0.
    >
    > Don't waste time responding to this junk. Chances are the IP addresses
    > are
    > disguised and phony.
    >
    >
    > --Nancy O.
    > Alt-Web Design & Publishing
    > www.alt-web.com
    >
    > "Roger H" <hughes_roger@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:gcvn76$g962@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    >> Many of my websites have inquiry forms, and just lately we have been
    >> receiving an annoying number of replies which contain just numbers and
    >> gobbledygook in the required fields. I just delete these, thinking they

    > are
    >> some sort of phishing, but could anyone suggest what they actually are,

    > and
    >> why the sudden increase from about one or two a week to about twenty? By

    > the
    >> way, the IP address is also included, so is there any merit in aiming
    >> something back at the senders?
    >>

    >
    >


  4. #4
    Nancy O
    Guest

    Default Re: Replies to inquiry forms.

    If you are not using the latest version (4.5), go to the website and get it.
    Read the documentation that comes with it. If you are using html pages for
    your forms, put a "hidden field" in your form. Robots don't use CSS. They
    will input garbage into the hidden field and submission of the form will
    fail. Another trick is to limit URLs in textarea and comments fields to 0
    or 1. This also prohibits the form from being submitted.

    http://www.dbmasters.net/index.php?id=4


    --Nancy O.
    Alt-Web Design & Publishing
    www.alt-web.com


    "Roger H" <hughes_roger@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:gd0c36$it32@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > Hi Nancy,
    > I am using Formailer php but I don't know about its spam control? Is it
    > automatic or do you have to implement something?
    >
    > "Nancy O" <nancyoshea1@NOSPAMatt.net> wrote in message
    > news:gd03nc$hot2@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > > Phishing is when a sender or website pretends to be an entity it isn't

    in
    > > an
    > > attempt to illegally gather sensitive information from clients such as
    > > credit card #, usernames & passwords.
    > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing
    > >
    > > Sounds to me like Spambots are exploiting your forms. Are you using the
    > > formmailer php script from db masters with spam control? We were

    getting
    > > 100+ robot spam submissions per day on one site. Since I implemented
    > > formmailer, we are getting 0.
    > >
    > > Don't waste time responding to this junk. Chances are the IP addresses
    > > are
    > > disguised and phony.
    > >
    > >
    > > --Nancy O.
    > > Alt-Web Design & Publishing
    > > www.alt-web.com
    > >
    > > "Roger H" <hughes_roger@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > > news:gcvn76$g962@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > >> Many of my websites have inquiry forms, and just lately we have been
    > >> receiving an annoying number of replies which contain just numbers and
    > >> gobbledygook in the required fields. I just delete these, thinking they

    > > are
    > >> some sort of phishing, but could anyone suggest what they actually are,

    > > and
    > >> why the sudden increase from about one or two a week to about twenty?

    By
    > > the
    > >> way, the IP address is also included, so is there any merit in aiming
    > >> something back at the senders?
    > >>

    > >
    > >




  5. #5
    Roger H
    Guest

    Default Re: Replies to inquiry forms.

    Sorry to be so thick Nancy but you've lost me there. I've downloaded Dan's
    latest version and ordered his book. I am using HTML output for the forms.
    what do I do next?

    "Nancy O" <nancyoshea1@NOSPAMatt.net> wrote in message
    news:gd0d8d$it33@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > If you are not using the latest version (4.5), go to the website and get
    > it.
    > Read the documentation that comes with it. If you are using html pages for
    > your forms, put a "hidden field" in your form. Robots don't use CSS.
    > They
    > will input garbage into the hidden field and submission of the form will
    > fail. Another trick is to limit URLs in textarea and comments fields to 0
    > or 1. This also prohibits the form from being submitted.
    >
    > http://www.dbmasters.net/index.php?id=4
    >
    >
    > --Nancy O.
    > Alt-Web Design & Publishing
    > www.alt-web.com
    >
    >
    > "Roger H" <hughes_roger@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:gd0c36$it32@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    >> Hi Nancy,
    >> I am using Formailer php but I don't know about its spam control? Is it
    >> automatic or do you have to implement something?
    >>
    >> "Nancy O" <nancyoshea1@NOSPAMatt.net> wrote in message
    >> news:gd03nc$hot2@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    >> > Phishing is when a sender or website pretends to be an entity it isn't

    > in
    >> > an
    >> > attempt to illegally gather sensitive information from clients such as
    >> > credit card #, usernames & passwords.
    >> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing
    >> >
    >> > Sounds to me like Spambots are exploiting your forms. Are you using
    >> > the
    >> > formmailer php script from db masters with spam control? We were

    > getting
    >> > 100+ robot spam submissions per day on one site. Since I implemented
    >> > formmailer, we are getting 0.
    >> >
    >> > Don't waste time responding to this junk. Chances are the IP addresses
    >> > are
    >> > disguised and phony.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > --Nancy O.
    >> > Alt-Web Design & Publishing
    >> > www.alt-web.com
    >> >
    >> > "Roger H" <hughes_roger@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> > news:gcvn76$g962@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    >> >> Many of my websites have inquiry forms, and just lately we have been
    >> >> receiving an annoying number of replies which contain just numbers and
    >> >> gobbledygook in the required fields. I just delete these, thinking
    >> >> they
    >> > are
    >> >> some sort of phishing, but could anyone suggest what they actually
    >> >> are,
    >> > and
    >> >> why the sudden increase from about one or two a week to about twenty?

    > By
    >> > the
    >> >> way, the IP address is also included, so is there any merit in aiming
    >> >> something back at the senders?
    >> >>
    >> >
    >> >

    >
    >


  6. #6
    Nancy O
    Guest

    Default Re: Replies to inquiry forms.

    Unzip the formmailer download. From your browser, Go to the folder where
    you keep your downloads. Open the Formailer folder > Docs > Index.html.
    Read the instructions.


    Nancy O.
    www.alt-web.com/Tutorials/
    NOF Tips & Tutorials



    "Roger H" <hughes_roger@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:gd2tdl$s0s4@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > Sorry to be so thick Nancy but you've lost me there. I've downloaded Dan's
    > latest version and ordered his book. I am using HTML output for the forms.
    > what do I do next?
    >
    > "Nancy O" <nancyoshea1@NOSPAMatt.net> wrote in message
    > news:gd0d8d$it33@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > > If you are not using the latest version (4.5), go to the website and get
    > > it.
    > > Read the documentation that comes with it. If you are using html pages

    for
    > > your forms, put a "hidden field" in your form. Robots don't use CSS.
    > > They
    > > will input garbage into the hidden field and submission of the form will
    > > fail. Another trick is to limit URLs in textarea and comments fields to

    0
    > > or 1. This also prohibits the form from being submitted.
    > >
    > > http://www.dbmasters.net/index.php?id=4
    > >
    > >
    > > --Nancy O.
    > > Alt-Web Design & Publishing
    > > www.alt-web.com
    > >
    > >
    > > "Roger H" <hughes_roger@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > > news:gd0c36$it32@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > >> Hi Nancy,
    > >> I am using Formailer php but I don't know about its spam control? Is it
    > >> automatic or do you have to implement something?
    > >>
    > >> "Nancy O" <nancyoshea1@NOSPAMatt.net> wrote in message
    > >> news:gd03nc$hot2@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > >> > Phishing is when a sender or website pretends to be an entity it

    isn't
    > > in
    > >> > an
    > >> > attempt to illegally gather sensitive information from clients such

    as
    > >> > credit card #, usernames & passwords.
    > >> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing
    > >> >
    > >> > Sounds to me like Spambots are exploiting your forms. Are you using
    > >> > the
    > >> > formmailer php script from db masters with spam control? We were

    > > getting
    > >> > 100+ robot spam submissions per day on one site. Since I implemented
    > >> > formmailer, we are getting 0.
    > >> >
    > >> > Don't waste time responding to this junk. Chances are the IP

    addresses
    > >> > are
    > >> > disguised and phony.
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >> > --Nancy O.
    > >> > Alt-Web Design & Publishing
    > >> > www.alt-web.com
    > >> >
    > >> > "Roger H" <hughes_roger@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > >> > news:gcvn76$g962@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > >> >> Many of my websites have inquiry forms, and just lately we have been
    > >> >> receiving an annoying number of replies which contain just numbers

    and
    > >> >> gobbledygook in the required fields. I just delete these, thinking
    > >> >> they
    > >> > are
    > >> >> some sort of phishing, but could anyone suggest what they actually
    > >> >> are,
    > >> > and
    > >> >> why the sudden increase from about one or two a week to about

    twenty?
    > > By
    > >> > the
    > >> >> way, the IP address is also included, so is there any merit in

    aiming
    > >> >> something back at the senders?
    > >> >>
    > >> >
    > >> >

    > >
    > >




  7. #7
    Roger H
    Guest

    Default Re: Replies to inquiry forms.

    Thanks Nancy, I found that and have read it through. It's a fabulous little
    piece of kit, but all I have ever done is just fill in the
    $referring_domains, tomail, and Bcc_tomail, because the rest is beyond me.
    But would I be correct in assuming the Anti-spam options are pre-set and I
    don't have to do anything to them? Also, can I eliminate the "options to use
    if hidden field "config" has a value of 1", and thereby shorten the script?

    "Nancy O" <nancyoshea1@NOSPAMatt.net> wrote in message
    news:gd2urr$s0s5@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > Unzip the formmailer download. From your browser, Go to the folder where
    > you keep your downloads. Open the Formailer folder > Docs > Index.html.
    > Read the instructions.
    >
    >
    > Nancy O.
    > www.alt-web.com/Tutorials/
    > NOF Tips & Tutorials
    >
    >
    >
    > "Roger H" <hughes_roger@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:gd2tdl$s0s4@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    >> Sorry to be so thick Nancy but you've lost me there. I've downloaded
    >> Dan's
    >> latest version and ordered his book. I am using HTML output for the
    >> forms.
    >> what do I do next?
    >>
    >> "Nancy O" <nancyoshea1@NOSPAMatt.net> wrote in message
    >> news:gd0d8d$it33@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    >> > If you are not using the latest version (4.5), go to the website and
    >> > get
    >> > it.
    >> > Read the documentation that comes with it. If you are using html pages

    > for
    >> > your forms, put a "hidden field" in your form. Robots don't use CSS.
    >> > They
    >> > will input garbage into the hidden field and submission of the form
    >> > will
    >> > fail. Another trick is to limit URLs in textarea and comments fields
    >> > to

    > 0
    >> > or 1. This also prohibits the form from being submitted.
    >> >
    >> > http://www.dbmasters.net/index.php?id=4
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > --Nancy O.
    >> > Alt-Web Design & Publishing
    >> > www.alt-web.com
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > "Roger H" <hughes_roger@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> > news:gd0c36$it32@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    >> >> Hi Nancy,
    >> >> I am using Formailer php but I don't know about its spam control? Is
    >> >> it
    >> >> automatic or do you have to implement something?
    >> >>
    >> >> "Nancy O" <nancyoshea1@NOSPAMatt.net> wrote in message
    >> >> news:gd03nc$hot2@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    >> >> > Phishing is when a sender or website pretends to be an entity it

    > isn't
    >> > in
    >> >> > an
    >> >> > attempt to illegally gather sensitive information from clients such

    > as
    >> >> > credit card #, usernames & passwords.
    >> >> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing
    >> >> >
    >> >> > Sounds to me like Spambots are exploiting your forms. Are you using
    >> >> > the
    >> >> > formmailer php script from db masters with spam control? We were
    >> > getting
    >> >> > 100+ robot spam submissions per day on one site. Since I
    >> >> > implemented
    >> >> > formmailer, we are getting 0.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > Don't waste time responding to this junk. Chances are the IP

    > addresses
    >> >> > are
    >> >> > disguised and phony.
    >> >> >
    >> >> >
    >> >> > --Nancy O.
    >> >> > Alt-Web Design & Publishing
    >> >> > www.alt-web.com
    >> >> >
    >> >> > "Roger H" <hughes_roger@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> >> > news:gcvn76$g962@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    >> >> >> Many of my websites have inquiry forms, and just lately we have
    >> >> >> been
    >> >> >> receiving an annoying number of replies which contain just numbers

    > and
    >> >> >> gobbledygook in the required fields. I just delete these, thinking
    >> >> >> they
    >> >> > are
    >> >> >> some sort of phishing, but could anyone suggest what they actually
    >> >> >> are,
    >> >> > and
    >> >> >> why the sudden increase from about one or two a week to about

    > twenty?
    >> > By
    >> >> > the
    >> >> >> way, the IP address is also included, so is there any merit in

    > aiming
    >> >> >> something back at the senders?
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >
    >> >> >
    >> >
    >> >

    >
    >


  8. #8
    Nancy O
    Guest

    Default Re: Replies to inquiry forms.

    <But would I be correct in assuming the Anti-spam options are pre-set and I
    don't have to do anything to them? >

    No. You must decide which if any anti-spam methods you want to use and then
    implement them into your forms and script according to the instructions.
    Re-read the anti-spam section a few times.

    <can I eliminate the "options to use if hidden field "config" has a value
    of 1", and thereby shorten the script?>

    I wouldn't. The bytes saved by shortening the script would be negligible
    and you may have need of these values later to process a different form.


    --Nancy O.
    Alt-Web Design & Publishing
    www.alt-web.com

    "Roger H" <hughes_roger@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:gd31l1$s0s8@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > Thanks Nancy, I found that and have read it through. It's a fabulous

    little
    > piece of kit, but all I have ever done is just fill in the
    > $referring_domains, tomail, and Bcc_tomail, because the rest is beyond me.
    > But would I be correct in assuming the Anti-spam options are pre-set and I
    > don't have to do anything to them? Also, can I eliminate the "options to

    use
    > if hidden field "config" has a value of 1", and thereby shorten the

    script?
    >
    > "Nancy O" <nancyoshea1@NOSPAMatt.net> wrote in message
    > news:gd2urr$s0s5@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > > Unzip the formmailer download. From your browser, Go to the folder

    where
    > > you keep your downloads. Open the Formailer folder > Docs > Index.html.
    > > Read the instructions.
    > >
    > >
    > > Nancy O.
    > > www.alt-web.com/Tutorials/
    > > NOF Tips & Tutorials
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > "Roger H" <hughes_roger@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > > news:gd2tdl$s0s4@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > >> Sorry to be so thick Nancy but you've lost me there. I've downloaded
    > >> Dan's
    > >> latest version and ordered his book. I am using HTML output for the
    > >> forms.
    > >> what do I do next?
    > >>
    > >> "Nancy O" <nancyoshea1@NOSPAMatt.net> wrote in message
    > >> news:gd0d8d$it33@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > >> > If you are not using the latest version (4.5), go to the website and
    > >> > get
    > >> > it.
    > >> > Read the documentation that comes with it. If you are using html

    pages
    > > for
    > >> > your forms, put a "hidden field" in your form. Robots don't use CSS.
    > >> > They
    > >> > will input garbage into the hidden field and submission of the form
    > >> > will
    > >> > fail. Another trick is to limit URLs in textarea and comments fields
    > >> > to

    > > 0
    > >> > or 1. This also prohibits the form from being submitted.
    > >> >
    > >> > http://www.dbmasters.net/index.php?id=4
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >> > --Nancy O.
    > >> > Alt-Web Design & Publishing
    > >> > www.alt-web.com
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >> > "Roger H" <hughes_roger@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > >> > news:gd0c36$it32@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > >> >> Hi Nancy,
    > >> >> I am using Formailer php but I don't know about its spam control? Is
    > >> >> it
    > >> >> automatic or do you have to implement something?
    > >> >>
    > >> >> "Nancy O" <nancyoshea1@NOSPAMatt.net> wrote in message
    > >> >> news:gd03nc$hot2@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > >> >> > Phishing is when a sender or website pretends to be an entity it

    > > isn't
    > >> > in
    > >> >> > an
    > >> >> > attempt to illegally gather sensitive information from clients

    such
    > > as
    > >> >> > credit card #, usernames & passwords.
    > >> >> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > Sounds to me like Spambots are exploiting your forms. Are you

    using
    > >> >> > the
    > >> >> > formmailer php script from db masters with spam control? We were
    > >> > getting
    > >> >> > 100+ robot spam submissions per day on one site. Since I
    > >> >> > implemented
    > >> >> > formmailer, we are getting 0.
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > Don't waste time responding to this junk. Chances are the IP

    > > addresses
    > >> >> > are
    > >> >> > disguised and phony.
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > --Nancy O.
    > >> >> > Alt-Web Design & Publishing
    > >> >> > www.alt-web.com
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> > "Roger H" <hughes_roger@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > >> >> > news:gcvn76$g962@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > >> >> >> Many of my websites have inquiry forms, and just lately we have
    > >> >> >> been
    > >> >> >> receiving an annoying number of replies which contain just

    numbers
    > > and
    > >> >> >> gobbledygook in the required fields. I just delete these,

    thinking
    > >> >> >> they
    > >> >> > are
    > >> >> >> some sort of phishing, but could anyone suggest what they

    actually
    > >> >> >> are,
    > >> >> > and
    > >> >> >> why the sudden increase from about one or two a week to about

    > > twenty?
    > >> > By
    > >> >> > the
    > >> >> >> way, the IP address is also included, so is there any merit in

    > > aiming
    > >> >> >> something back at the senders?
    > >> >> >>
    > >> >> >
    > >> >> >
    > >> >
    > >> >

    > >
    > >




  9. #9
    Roger H
    Guest

    Default Re: Replies to inquiry forms.

    I've printed the instructions and read them two or three times. I would say
    I needed the Empty field method, but Dan's terminology to be for people who
    understand it, and I can't make it work. For instance ".....variable will
    hold the name of the empty field in your form." I don't know what on earth
    that means in plain English. I keep getting two errors when I place this new
    formmailer in my site. "you are missing the N field, and your are missing
    the E field....etc." Neither of these was an error on the old form, and
    they are not addressed in the instructions.
    Thanks for your help Nancy, but I'm sticking with what I've got. Life is too
    short to be messing about with this stuff.

    "Nancy O" <nancyoshea1@NOSPAMatt.net> wrote in message
    news:gd38m6$t7d1@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    > <But would I be correct in assuming the Anti-spam options are pre-set and
    > I
    > don't have to do anything to them? >
    >
    > No. You must decide which if any anti-spam methods you want to use and
    > then
    > implement them into your forms and script according to the instructions.
    > Re-read the anti-spam section a few times.
    >
    > <can I eliminate the "options to use if hidden field "config" has a value
    > of 1", and thereby shorten the script?>
    >
    > I wouldn't. The bytes saved by shortening the script would be negligible
    > and you may have need of these values later to process a different form.
    >
    >
    > --Nancy O.
    > Alt-Web Design & Publishing
    > www.alt-web.com
    >
    > "Roger H" <hughes_roger@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:gd31l1$s0s8@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    >> Thanks Nancy, I found that and have read it through. It's a fabulous

    > little
    >> piece of kit, but all I have ever done is just fill in the
    >> $referring_domains, tomail, and Bcc_tomail, because the rest is beyond
    >> me.
    >> But would I be correct in assuming the Anti-spam options are pre-set and
    >> I
    >> don't have to do anything to them? Also, can I eliminate the "options to

    > use
    >> if hidden field "config" has a value of 1", and thereby shorten the

    > script?
    >>
    >> "Nancy O" <nancyoshea1@NOSPAMatt.net> wrote in message
    >> news:gd2urr$s0s5@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    >> > Unzip the formmailer download. From your browser, Go to the folder

    > where
    >> > you keep your downloads. Open the Formailer folder > Docs >
    >> > Index.html.
    >> > Read the instructions.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > Nancy O.
    >> > www.alt-web.com/Tutorials/
    >> > NOF Tips & Tutorials
    >> >
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > "Roger H" <hughes_roger@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> > news:gd2tdl$s0s4@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    >> >> Sorry to be so thick Nancy but you've lost me there. I've downloaded
    >> >> Dan's
    >> >> latest version and ordered his book. I am using HTML output for the
    >> >> forms.
    >> >> what do I do next?
    >> >>
    >> >> "Nancy O" <nancyoshea1@NOSPAMatt.net> wrote in message
    >> >> news:gd0d8d$it33@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    >> >> > If you are not using the latest version (4.5), go to the website and
    >> >> > get
    >> >> > it.
    >> >> > Read the documentation that comes with it. If you are using html

    > pages
    >> > for
    >> >> > your forms, put a "hidden field" in your form. Robots don't use
    >> >> > CSS.
    >> >> > They
    >> >> > will input garbage into the hidden field and submission of the form
    >> >> > will
    >> >> > fail. Another trick is to limit URLs in textarea and comments
    >> >> > fields
    >> >> > to
    >> > 0
    >> >> > or 1. This also prohibits the form from being submitted.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > http://www.dbmasters.net/index.php?id=4
    >> >> >
    >> >> >
    >> >> > --Nancy O.
    >> >> > Alt-Web Design & Publishing
    >> >> > www.alt-web.com
    >> >> >
    >> >> >
    >> >> > "Roger H" <hughes_roger@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> >> > news:gd0c36$it32@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    >> >> >> Hi Nancy,
    >> >> >> I am using Formailer php but I don't know about its spam control?
    >> >> >> Is
    >> >> >> it
    >> >> >> automatic or do you have to implement something?
    >> >> >>
    >> >> >> "Nancy O" <nancyoshea1@NOSPAMatt.net> wrote in message
    >> >> >> news:gd03nc$hot2@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    >> >> >> > Phishing is when a sender or website pretends to be an entity it
    >> > isn't
    >> >> > in
    >> >> >> > an
    >> >> >> > attempt to illegally gather sensitive information from clients

    > such
    >> > as
    >> >> >> > credit card #, usernames & passwords.
    >> >> >> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phishing
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > Sounds to me like Spambots are exploiting your forms. Are you

    > using
    >> >> >> > the
    >> >> >> > formmailer php script from db masters with spam control? We were
    >> >> > getting
    >> >> >> > 100+ robot spam submissions per day on one site. Since I
    >> >> >> > implemented
    >> >> >> > formmailer, we are getting 0.
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > Don't waste time responding to this junk. Chances are the IP
    >> > addresses
    >> >> >> > are
    >> >> >> > disguised and phony.
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > --Nancy O.
    >> >> >> > Alt-Web Design & Publishing
    >> >> >> > www.alt-web.com
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> > "Roger H" <hughes_roger@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> >> >> > news:gcvn76$g962@flsun90netnews01.netobjects.com.. .
    >> >> >> >> Many of my websites have inquiry forms, and just lately we have
    >> >> >> >> been
    >> >> >> >> receiving an annoying number of replies which contain just

    > numbers
    >> > and
    >> >> >> >> gobbledygook in the required fields. I just delete these,

    > thinking
    >> >> >> >> they
    >> >> >> > are
    >> >> >> >> some sort of phishing, but could anyone suggest what they

    > actually
    >> >> >> >> are,
    >> >> >> > and
    >> >> >> >> why the sudden increase from about one or two a week to about
    >> > twenty?
    >> >> > By
    >> >> >> > the
    >> >> >> >> way, the IP address is also included, so is there any merit in
    >> > aiming
    >> >> >> >> something back at the senders?
    >> >> >> >>
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >> >
    >> >> >
    >> >> >
    >> >
    >> >

    >
    >


  10. #10
    Allison Moore
    Guest

    Default Re: Replies to inquiry forms.

    > Thanks for your help Nancy, but I'm sticking with what I've got.

    Frankly, Roger, that would be a big mistake.

    Like you, I don't understand most of this stuff. But I did take the time
    to get the FormM@iler script set up, and I've been grateful ever since.
    At first, I skipped the anti-spam bits because I couldn't get a handle
    on it and our volume wasn't that heavy. Then the spam started to
    outnumber the legit responses.

    Recently, I spent the time necessary to work out some of the anti-spam
    protections in the script. Since then, no spam. I still don't get the
    empty field thing, but that's only one of the options. character_scan,
    time_delay and max_urls were fairly easy to do. It'll take you way more
    time to go through the spam than it will to implement one or more of
    these options.

    Although it doesn't address the anti-spam features, this tutorial from
    Michael Evangelista helped a lot when I set up the form initially.
    http://www.suwebs.com/html/formmailer.html

    > Life is
    > too short to be messing about with this stuff.


    Famous last words. :-)

    Allison



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