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Occasional Visitor

Fake Email Address

Hey guys,

 

I was recently charged , which was higher than normal.  Today I investigated this by looking to see how many email addresses we were up to.  WHOA, well over 500.  Turns out over 120 of them were fake!  Yes, there were troll-level fake email addresses, but I mean robot generated fake emails with names like; "5k6hth8hyd8d9s" The majority of the 120+ were these types of emails. 

Something doesn't seem right about it, and I've paid for it.  

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CTCT Employee

Re: Fake Email Address

Hello @TonyP435,

 

Thank you for reaching out to the Community! It sounds like you may have a sign-up form on your website that was affected by a bot attack. That means you were spammed with fake email addresses. If you have a sign-up form on your website, that is not one of ours, I suggest using one that you create on your account. It adds protection from bot attacks after a certain amount of email addresses signs up on it. I recommend deleting those email addresses out of your account, and letting us know if these could have came from a sign-up form. 


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Occasional Visitor

Re: Fake Email Address

We actually do use a CC template for our email sign ups.
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Re: Fake Email Address

Hi @TonyP435

 

Thank you for giving us this update. Because you are using one of our sign-up forms, I would suggest enabling the confirmed opt-in for new sign-ups. This setting will send an automatic confirmation email when contacts join a a list. This confirmation email not only helps to ensure your permission to send, but also to weed out any spam emails as well.


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