A local brewery recently ran a photo contest where the grand prize winner is determined by a public vote using a third party platform/administration. One of the entrants reached out to us because they suspected that someone was using a platform or application to enter multiple votes at one time. In the last hour they got an additional 200 votes. When I pulled the file, sure enough, there were spats of votes coming from the same IP address.
Is there any way to look up the owner of an IP address? Are you familiar with these types of voting platforms? Can they mask or give a dummy IP address?
The only information that we took when consumers voted was first name, last name and email. We can see that this person cheated but we need hard evidence that leads the cheating back to this particular person. Partly, because we believe a staff member may also be involved.