Fake Subscribers?

Last Update: July 17, 2019

I just had a rather interesting experience with one of my websites.

I have it set up, so I get notified when anyone subscribes. Today I got 2 emails back to bac. Normally this would be delightful. Today, these emails did not quite sit right.

As you can see, the domains of email addresses that subscribed are almost identical, and certainly not from any legit domain I am aware of.

So, I went into the site and checked them out. You can find your subscribers in Users. You can sort the complete list by role. I clicked on Subscribers and found both emails.

Because I didn’t feel right about them, I deleted both. If they are legit (which they probably are not) I hope they resub.

While I was there, I noticed another duplicate email with different usernames. For good measure, I deleted those too.

I don’t know if subs can do anything to negatively effect our sites, but better safe than sorry,

Lesson: Pay attention to those subscriber emails.

Learned.

Take care,

Gwendolyn J

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gbj35 Premium
Persistent little bug.
Can I block this email somehow?
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Wayne1950 Premium
I have been getting them on emails and then a second email telling me they have changed their password?
I have also checked and could not find anything on them in WA.
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gbj35 Premium
I think WP assigns a dummy password when they sub. I added a guest poster to mine, and it did it then.

Considering the thing is well over 12 characters of nonsense, I can see why they would change it. It's not like they can log in thru WA like we do :).

But I will be investigating that further as well. Thanks.

Gwendolyn J
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CalChrisH Premium
Hi Gwendolyn, this looks like form spam to me. You can counteract it with a reCaptcha to keep the bots and gremlins out.

Cal
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Reymott Premium
Try installing Google recaptcha plugin. It limits spam and bot subscribers.
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gbj35 Premium
I'm trying to cut down on plugins actually. I even switched themes so I could drop NinjaForms and the reCaptcha plugins for Everest, which includes reCaptcha.

They did not comment, so it didn't catch them. I will be going over the site to see if I can pare down a bit more and add that in.

Thanks for the advice <3

Gwendolyn J
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Brenda63 Premium
It looks like a phishing email scam. Scammer for sure. Good thing you used your gut instinct to delete. I would have done the exact same thing.
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gbj35 Premium
Great minds :)

<3

Gwendolyn J
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