Outlook phishing followers are back

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  • #3089769

    catakismet
    Member

    Better reopen this thread. I’ve gotten several of these over the past few days, and frequency is increasing.

    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/weird-followers?replies=49

    The blog I need help with is whyarentyoupettingme.wordpress.com.

    #3089993

    auntiedoni
    Member

    I too have most recently started receiving these bogus outlook.com email followers yet again. They seemed to have stopped there for awhile, but now it’s started back up.
    I was under the impression that WP had resolved this issue and closed the previous thread in regards to this topic.
    Granted, the offenders have not appeared as legit followers on my blog, and that they are no threat to my blog nor any of my personal info, but I’m getting emails from WP, again, that I have a new follower— I pull up my admin page and NOPE, nobody new there.
    So, yeah, WP is still blocking them but —
    That’s an extra step each time that I need to follow-through on to ensure that these jokers are outta there!
    Hello — WordPress Happiness Engineers ??? Are you there?

    #3089994

    I too started receiving them this morning. Got two – went into my email followers and deleted them. Just now I received another one, and went into my email follower to remove but no name was showing? Strange. I’m going to make my site private for a while and see what happens.

    #3090004

    timethief
    Member
    #3090005

    timethief
    Member

    Hello — WordPress Happiness Engineers ??? Are you there?

    This is a peer support forum for WordPress.com sites on the free plan. When we need Staff help with issues Volunteers cannot resolve like this one we type modlook into the sidebar tags on our forum threads. I did that for you. How do I get a Moderator/Staff reply for my question? https://en.support.wordpress.com/getting-help-in-the-forums/#how-do-i-get-a-moderatorstaff-reply-for-my-question

    #3090011

    auntiedoni
    Member

    @timethief
    1) yeah, I think I did mention about ‘removing a follower’, got that already
    2) kind of a rhetorical question towards the Happiness Engineers
    Thanks though

    #3090015

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Hi there, Staff have indicated that the developers are working to remove these spam followers at the moment and they are posting updates in this thread in case you wish to subscribe:

    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/more-weird-likesfollows

    #3090032

    auntiedoni
    Member

    So here’s what’s happening now, just all-of-a-sudden … WHY oh WHY am I getting an onslaught of junk email in my personal email box that is listed with WordPress? This wasn’t happening prior to this new WP ‘outlook.com’ attack. Is this a ploy to get me to subscribe to an upgraded WP site, please tell me otherwise.

    #3090043

    fstat
    Staff

    Hi there,

    As @justjennifer already mentioned we’re already working on fixing this annoying issue.

    Also, I can reassure you that there’s no ploy to get you to upgrade :)

    #3090070

    catakismet
    Member

    Mine are being automatically deleted before I can get to them in most cases, so I see the “Happiness Engineers” are on the job.

    Thanks again, timethief, for explaining how to flag a support request for moderator attention. And since the moderator and staff have provided a link to another thread regarding this issue, I am closing this one.

    #3090073

    Dear Forum,

    Yes, I am having this issue too. It started on Friday, March 23rd and has increased since then to today. All followers have a weird email but always end with @outlook.com. When I go to my website admin to try and delete them, they are nowhere to be found. WordPress, can you please help with this and explain why this is happening? The website is https://kathyjramirez.wordpress.com

    Many Thanks.

    #3090097

    fstat
    Staff

    Hi kathyjramirez,

    Thank you for reaching out. We’re already working on removing those spam followers from your site.

    #3090139

    lknyamz
    Member

    Hey WP engineers,

    Please also check my blog: lillianyamongo.wordpress.com as well . I have also been getting several of these Outlook spam followers over the last week. What defenses can we put in place on our blogs?

    Lillian.

    #3090141

    fstat
    Staff

    Hi Lillian,

    Thank you for letting us know. We are steadily removing those spam followers from all the affected accounts and I want to reassure you that there is no danger for your site, your content, or your account.

    #3090150

    angiemorton
    Member

    I have had several in the last month. how can I stop this?

    #3090151

    angiemorton – as fstat mentioned previously… we are aware and working towards removing the spammers. The only way to eliminate spam all together would be to create a private site.

    If you’re interested in that option give this a read:

    https://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/privacy-settings/

    #3090155

    I thought this problem had been resolved, but I have two new “weird” outlook followers since yesterday…

    #3090156

    Well, spam is an ongoing and forever thing for us… We are constantly updating and tracking, learning, etc…

    Have you thought about temporarily removing the follow widgets?

    #3090157

    honeyquilts
    Member

    I’ve gotten notifications of several such outlook followers in the past week as well.
    I’m not sure where to find my followers on my site however to check if they’ve been deleted.
    Where/how can I find my followers list?
    Thanks!

    #3090159

    wadams92101
    Member

    add calbevlaw.com to the list of sites needing cleaning

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