As contest managers who have been around the block once or twice, we often see multiple entries from individual contest entrants. They are most obvious when contest entry is limited in some way, such as one entry per person or per week. In some instances, it was clear by the database date/time stamp that there was not a chance that these people were entering the contest by typing on their keyboards.
We continue to see the jokers that think that entering a contest 10,000 times will actually improve their odds of winning–despite that entries were limited to 1 per person and that automated entries were prohibited by the contest rules. Personally, I’m offended by the audacity of these people, but that’s my issue.
Automated entries are, for the most part, contrary to the spirit of the contest, giving the user of the automated tools an unfair advantage over the participant who carefully types their own contest entry information.
Here are a couple of tools that these folks use to abuse contest entry forms:
An even more insidious program:
This software provides unscrupulous contest players with a workaround for contest that require UPC codes for their with-purchase methods of entry. Forget about the no-purchase method of entry, let’s cheat!