That Darn Spam!

You may have noticed a new format if you’ve recently visited my Kids Ask Eric page. The Ask Eric A Question form has a space at the bottom for a phone number. Why would I want your phone number? Kids write to me from all over the country, even all over the world. The latest question to come in arrived from Turkey.

Here’s what’s going on. I don’t want your phone number. Leave this space blank. I’ll explain why. I’ve been inundated with spam emails that have been using this page as a conduit. It was becoming a real problem, so I asked my webmaster Wess to come up with a solution.

That’s the reason for the Phone Number space. A real person will read the directions: This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged—and leave that space blank. A spammer’s computer will automatically insert a bogus phone number. My server will then know that the message comes from a spammer and will automatically trash it.

SO…keep your phone number to yourself. Leave that space blank. I want to hear from you and I don’t want your question dumped in the trash with the bogus emails from those despicable spammers.

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