LARGE amounts of spam getting through filter

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We are receiving HUNDREDS of spam apps that are NOT being caught by the spam filter. We're sending the app numbers back to the tech center so we're doing our part.  Is any one else experiencing an INCREASE in spam apps making it to your system?
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Kyle Mack

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  • GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Posted 8 months ago

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Shawn Pullum

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Yep, Hartnell College is receiving hundreds of looks-like-SPAM applications daily. I've noticed that there is a new pattern of fake emails and an increase in the average number this week.

The SPAM filter is good to have but in my experience has not prevented most of our SPAM intake. We need CCC Apply to add submission limits (e.g. prevent duplicate submissions from the same IP for an hour/day or more, temporarily block abusers, consider using geo-location to limit or mark submissions that are a long way away from the physical address, etc.).
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Michael Medel

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Yes Santa Barbara City College is also getting hundreds of spam applications coming in that are not being stopped by spam filter
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Craig Connor - Saddleback College

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Saddleback College is not currently receiving "spam" application but we did however find close to 1,200 applications submitted between 7/12/2019 to 7/22/2019 which fit the spam profile and were not caught by the spam filter.

If it helps, all submitted spam applications we found had an email address domain of either "@163.com" or "@qq.com", all had the same mailing/legal address of "6101 W Century Blvd # 5" (LA, CA. 90045), and all had no phone number.

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Shawn Pullum

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We identified at least 10 different email domains and multiple patterns over here. Blocking specific domains is a quick-fix but if you block one another will be used.

QQ and 163 are actual websites you can get emails from so blocking these won't work as a long term solution either (kinda like blocking gmail.com).
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Noelia Borcherding

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College of the Canyons started receiving bad applications during the first week of November.  For us, we identified them all having the same program, same term, same high school along with same grad date, all were female and all had the @163.com extension although the emails then changed to @yahoo and @gmail with all other criteria staying the same.  We had to adjust the weight system on incoming applications so that they would not be combined with real records in the system since they are all being submitted with SSNs.  We submitted over 3,000 confirmation numbers and we just noticed over the weekend that the SPAM filter was finally picking them up.  We didn't get anything this morning, so hopefully it's working.
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Debra Thayer

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College of Marin got a large batch of apps using the temporary/disposable email domain, tafmail.com.  The spam filter caught them.
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Kasey Crosby, Official Rep

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Hi Everyone,

There will be some communication from the Tech Center that will be going out soon to all colleges with news and information about the state of the spam filter. If you have large numbers of spam coming through, please continue to send in those applications. 

Thank you,

kc
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Shawn Pullum

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Hi KC,

It would be helpful to be able to mark an application as SPAM/fraudulent directly from the reporting tools. Having to look up the CCC ID/application number one-by-one makes it more difficult for us to report these.

Thanks