Support » Plugin: WooCommerce » Emails going to wrong customer

  • Resolved Anonymous User 14746719



    We’ve had Woocommerce running for a while without any issues, but in the last month we’ve had random days where customers are complaining that they are receiving mails for other customers orders.

    I enabled a plugin called ‘WP Mail Log’ to diagnose / see what emails were being sent from a WordPress perspective and 1 customer said he received 4 emails all around the same time. Only 2 were his.

    When I looked at WP Mail Log, I saw the 2 emails he said weren’t his, were showing with the correct recipient email address.

    But clearly the email didn’t go to the right place and I’m getting very confused. I can’t see how emails are ending up with the wrong customer. It’s as if when several emails go out at once, the email address from another email gets put in the mail.

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  • Very strange. Are there any logs available in your mail service (whether provided by the host or a dedicated mail service)? It’d be interesting to see at what point the recipients are getting mixed up. And it’d be interesting to have a customer forward the raw email (with headers) to you so you could see whether they were the actual recipient, or were possibly CC’d.

    You could also scrutinize the headers area in WP Mail Logging to make sure it’s not something in a plugin or functions.php setting up a CC/BCC.

    Thread Starter Anonymous User 14746719


    Thanks for the hints Dan, I think I have narrowed down the problem.

    The site is for a martial arts school (with different locations) which has different instructors (customers) who all place orders. When the orders are ready, they need to be collected from the main school.

    I added a plugin to enable custom order status i.e ‘Ready for Collection’ but then found that I needed to enable an email notification to the customer. However Woocommerce was only letting me fix a specific email address on this status (I wish there was an option to add customers on non-default status)

    That had then led me to install another plugin ‘Woo Custom Emails’ which had 2 options:

    Recipients email addresses separated with comma << I left this empty

    Send Only To Customer?
    ( Enable this to send this email to customer. If this field is enabled then Recipients field will be added to BCC. ) << I ticked this box.

    This had been working fine in this configuration for well over a year.

    BUT based on what you suggested, I could see in the header that other recipients were randomly receiving these emails, only for this status change. Indeed, when I looked closer at WP Mail Logging, it was adding people into the BCC.

    It must be something to do with leaving the Recipients email addresses empty alongside changes in Woocommerce/Wordpress. For now I’ve entered another generic email address I can dump things in to to see if it patches the problem.

    That particular plugin hasn’t been updated for a while so I need to hunt for something else I guess. Although as I said, I wish that I could just enable a customer notification from the in-built Woocommerce email settings screen. I’m not sure why customers can only receive emails on certain status.

    Thanks again for your help


    Plugin Support Fernando a11n


    Automattic Happiness Engineer

    @miketurnermk Thank you for sharing those details.

    However Woocommerce was only letting me fix a specific email address on this status

    Did you use a special plugin to create the custom order status, or did you do that through coding?

    I’m thinking –and I’m not sure this will work, so you’ll have to test it- that you can use a plugin like AutomateWoo to send that email. This plugin lets you automate tasks that are triggered upon certain triggers. So, you could create an email that is triggered when an order changes from status A to status B.

    What I’m not sure of is whether AutomateWoo will recognize your custom status so that you can configure a trigger for it. But has a 30-day refund policy, so you can buy the extension and if it ends up not working for this you can request a refund within that timeframe.

    Since the original issue has been resolved as per the above discussion, I’m marking this thread as Resolved.

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