I run a website that allows people to create accounts with an email address address and a password. Over the last month, I have had about 100 accounts created with email addresses that look like this:
pa.rk.i.n.g.x.pe.rtdon.ma.na.h.a.n.@gmail.com (always with lots of dots)
and the provided name is one of
Robertskala Jeanniebiz JamesClurn
Usually, the emails bounce and the accounts get deactivated, but sometimes they don't.
Is my website being used for some kind of scam? I don't see any benefit they can get from having an account on my website even if it isn't their email address.
Wondering if I should add a captcha for account creation to prevent some kind of scam or fraud.
It is so easy to create throw away email accounts and people can already do this to create an account on my website. I don't want to go into the details of my website, but there is no benefit to be gained with a throwaway account there.
Is there a security risk that is related to these long email addresses with lots of dots? I'm wondering if I should reject emails with more than 3 dots.
I googled the email address and there is a Don Monahan who owns a website called parking-xpert. I wonder if a scammy SEO provider is trying to get backlinks for a client through my website?