Weird followers

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  • #3105600

    That’s great news! Thank you for all your hard work lizkarkoski

    #3105602

    Hey there – I’d love to take credit but it’s not me, it’s our developers who are working on this :)

    #3105619

    jessiepech
    Member

    I too have been receiving daily notifications from spammers following my blog with outlook emails. However, I only found 2 in my followers/email followers. This started around the same time as this thread started. Is this an issue we can address WordPress to fix?

    #3105620

    jgroub
    Member

    lizkaroski – since you seem so intent on answering the complaints of others, then why not answer mine?

    Why not just institute an “I am not a robot” captcha for new subscribers to press and eliminate this problem once and for all? This is the third time I’ve asked this question.

    #3105621

    phsothefacts
    Member

    I’ve had the same on my blog site. 12 in just a couple of days and more coming.

    #3105646

    zingarapoet
    Member

    Ditto, only this has been going on for months – a slow trickle.

    #3105649

    zingarapoet
    Member

    How does one initiate a captcha for new followers?

    #3105655

    With respect WordPress but this has been going on long enough and no concrete resolution appears to be forthcoming apart from repeated reassurances. The outlook.com email follower notifications just keep on coming. I’ve read so many times that your developers are working on the issue that I am now coming to the conclusion that perhaps WordPress needs to hire a new bunch of techies to get to the bottom of this? Your users / customers deserve a 100% cast-iron guarantee that their accounts are safe but while this continues I’m sorry to say that I don’t think they will accept your reassurances.

    #3105664

    ptemples
    Member

    None of the recent outlook followers are showing up here. If I just delete that email without opening it, does that prevent any problems from their phishing expedition?

    #3105668

    ptemples
    Member

    I should have said none of the outlook followers are showing up in my stats. This is clearly a spam technique. Does ignoring the email notification prevent problems?

    #3105671

    ptemples
    Member

    There is no “follow back” option on these emails. If you click on the name, you are setting up a reply to their email. Not doing that anymore.

    #3105672

    ptemples
    Member

    There is no “follow back” option on these emails. If you click on the name, you are setting up a reply to their email. Not doing that anymore.

    #3105725

    thecatwho
    Member

    Every day getting at least 1 new spam outlook.com follower. Can’t see all of them in my email followers. Darn!

    #3105771

    Yes it seems nothing has been done..still getting those outlook.com “subscribers”.

    #3105772

    timethief
    Member

    There is no harm to your site. Do not follow those outlook.com email subscribers back.
    Remove followers https://en.support.wordpress.com/followers/#how-to-remove-a-follower

    #3105794

    syvyaw
    Member

    I have had the same problems for months and I would estimate that I have received hundreds of these .outlook spam e-mail followers. About 80% gets filtered now but 20% gets through. This ’email follower’ notification pops up my e-mail account everyday and it’s basically just spam now.

    I want to completely disable e-mail followers (not delete my existing genuine followers but stop all possible future subscription by e-mail) but there does not seem to be a way to do this.

    Can you advise how this can be done? I am at the end of my tether here. I know there is no harm but WordPress should understand how annoying and frustrating this is. I’ve gone to a point where I don’t even want genuine e-mail followers anymore.

    #3105852

    lukp77
    Member

    Hi.

    Same here, from a few months been receiving email notifications about new email-followers from @outlook.com but they not on the list. In last weeks I got more fake @outlook.com subscribers. I’m not sure what to think about it but looks fishy to me.

    #3105854

    ljhlaura
    Member

    timethief, for the first several strange outlook followers I received, it worked to go to the list of email followers and remove them. However, for the last few weeks, I’ve been getting notices of these followers in my email, but when I go to the list of email followers, they are not listed there. They are truly phantom followers, and I’d like to be free of them. Is there anything else I can do? Thank you.

    #3106027

    jeanistevens
    Member

    I am seeing the same thing on my PawsitiveThoughts.com site. Lots of outlook.com email followers but they are not showing up when I try to remove them. This has been going on for weeks on a site I have not been active on for quite some time.

    #3106106

    Hello,

    So now your weird Outlook spammer follower problem has turned into a weird Outlook spammer of comment sections problem.

    91 Outlook Spam comments in a SINGLE DAY.

    I would suggest WP tech support immediately disable the comment notifications for blogger email because this is going to cause big problems for them with their email accounts and possibly with their email providers.

    WordPress needs to be a little more proactive because it looks like someone is trying to sabotage WordPress itself by harassing your customers/clients.

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