Stop Particular Spam!

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    Asked on March 02, 2015 at 09:43 AM

    We have a contact form with JotForm because it is awesome and we love it! However, one thing we would like to do (if possible) is stop the spam that is coming through the form. I know we could add a CAPTCHA to stop automated submissions, but I'm not sure if what we are getting are automated submissions.

    They seem to be human generated, but we get multiples of them every week from different companies. We generally get them from India and China, and they all generally start out similar.

    What I tried to do was if anyone entered "India" or "China" in the form, it would remove the submission button, which I assumed should have stopped them from submitting the form. (A sweeping removal, I know))

    When I test the form it does work, and removes the submit button -it actually hides the whole form, but we are still getting these emails somehow! Is there something I'm missing, or is there another way to stop these emails? I can't mark them as spam in our inbox or it will affect all the submissions so I'm really at a loss as to how to stop these!

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    -One Frustrated web tech!


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    Answered on March 02, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    I understand your situation and sorry that you have to go through this.

    Captcha would be the best method to explore when dealing with spam notifications but like you said, these submissions are being received despite the conditional logic statement you have put it place -so yes these submissions are not spam bots but actual human beings.

    What I can suggest in this situation is using our Unique Submission feature. 

    You can limit your form user to a single submission by blocking their access to the form using their IP Address (Strict Check) or checking their browser cookie to see if they previously submitted the form on the PC that is correctly being used (Loose Check). Loose check would fix this issue partially because if the user decides to switch browsers or simply clear their browser cache and cookie they would gain access to the form once more. 

    How often do you receive legit submissions from a single user? You should ensure that enabling such a feature would not affect the flow of your business. We will await your response.


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    Answered on March 02, 2015 at 04:02 PM

    Hi Sean. Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately, CAPTCHA may be our only option as that option will not work because (unfortunately) we have clients who use the contact form regularly instead of opening a ticket properly so from what I gather from your answer they would only be able to submit the form once and then they would be blocked?

    Let me know if there are any other options, or if I was misunderstanding you. Thank you for your time and response!

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    Answered on March 02, 2015 at 05:02 PM

    Setting up form limits using loose check needs to clear cookies before they submit the form once again using the same browser. If strict check is selected, they'll not be able to submit the form again using the same IP address. But if the cookies are not cleared or using the same IP displays the message that the form is not available (or other message as you set in the form preferences) after submitting the form. If you have regular visitors submitting the form, Captcha may be the best and only option available at the moment to choose to block automated submissions.