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Is this a real thing?  Having to complete a captcha just to SEE a website?

https://www.coastalsilkworms.com/shipping

A big yellow triangle with an exclamation point usually means "STOP!!! THIS SITE IS NOT SAFE!  Continue at your own risk"

but someone said the site might be able to help me?

(ps, does anyone else have trouble proving they are human with captcha?)
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It also suggests I should download an extension to prove I don't have malware.  It seems to me that downloading unknown extensions is probably the fastest way to pick up malware.  
 
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One should be happy as long as they do not want ones DNA to just enter the internet.
 
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R. I just clicked on the link and I went thru no problem.  

They have a phone number (904) 247-6660
 
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I just followed your link and went straight to the site. Is it working for you now?
 
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I clicked the link and they want captcha from me too.
 
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Ahh I see now...   If your name starts with an "R" you must be checked out...
But if your name starts with a "T" your okey dokey OK...  hmm makes sense to me :)
 
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Both successes are in the U.S. The Captcha requests are outside the U.S. Think that's relevant? Anyone have a way to check? Maybe a VPN?
 
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Yes im from outside the U.S and I got Captcha'd too. Wasn't offered any malware though.
 
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Is the content of the site safe to browse?  

I've never been to a site that had a yellow triangle warning before.
 
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Sure seemed to be.   I cruised a few pages with no problems.  My internet protection did not have any issues with it.
Call their phone number , they may have a catalog they can send you.
 
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Looks ok to me. If think they make the bizzare assumption that if your from outside the U.S you must be trying to bring down thier website via a DDOS attack. Persumably because selling silkworms must be of strategic national importance to the U.S government
 
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Also found an email address. sales@coastalsilkworms.com
 
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oh, this is great fun.

It keeps kicking me out to the captcha before I can finish my order.
 
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T Melville wrote:Also found an email address. sales@coastalsilkworms.com



Thanks, I sent them an email.

 
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They replied:

The website has very strong security for Canada customers we have allot of spam from there that is blocked.



It does make it very difficult to buy stuff from them if their security keeps kicking me out of their site before I can complete the order.  

I'm going to keep looking to see if anyone else wants my money instead.
 
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I didn't know you were all spammers! All of Sweden too? For shame!
 
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Hmm, I wonder if I could order it for you and have it shipped to you in Canada and you repay me? If they're going to be such boogers and not try to work with you to get your money, they might not be worth ordering from, though. But, I'm willing to help out if need be!

from their website:

Non live products we can ship out of the US (we can and do ship eggs). We offer no guarantee on any order once we ship it; this means if your country requires special paperwork you're to provide this to us before making your order. Our prices do not include any customs or taxes your country may impose on you. We ship via FedEx and your local postal service, all orders that include anything live IE silkworm eggs MUST be shipped via FedEx / DHL. International Priority Mail is available for heavy weight items like bulk powdered mulberry food. Priority mail international is available for use with all "WORLD WIDE" items at your own risk. We advise you do not use the priority service for any order that includes eggs or worms we will not be able to offer any guarantee on this service. Please email us with any questions before you place an order. You may also email us for a custom shipping quote.

 
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That's very strange.  A webmaster can block IP and IP ranges based on spam tracking sites.  Blocking a whole country on the bases of spam is a bit weird.  What kind of spam I wonder... Spam is a word with so many meanings now.  

It does not give me confidence in giving them my payment details.  Especially when MyWot gives them a 3.5 rating.  

But Norton security check gives them a clean bill of health.  
 
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Ahh T;  I think its OK … its just the "R" people :)
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:Hmm, I wonder if I could order it for you and have it shipped to you in Canada and you repay me? If they're going to be such boogers and not try to work with you to get your money, they might not be worth ordering from, though. But, I'm willing to help out if need be!



Thank you very much.  

I'm not feeling confident enough to spend money there yet.
 
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