How to reduce spam messages sent via Magento contact form without using Captchas

A lot of my clients complain about the fact that they receive lots of spam messages via the Magento contact and review forms.

Basically in most of these cases I recommend using professional services like Akismet and an appropriate Magento extension which effectively reduce the amount of spam messages to a minimum. (I don’t want to mention Captchas because I do not want to loose potential customers ;-)

But there are also some simple code modifications that can easily be made in a couple of hours by yourself, e.g. for the contact form:

Of course generally its a game of cat and mouse because spam bots learn with each form and get better and better. Thats why – depending on your amount of spam – using professional services may make sense.

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