[resolved] Weird "missed spam" coming through on contact form (9 posts)

  1. gillespieza
    Posted 5 years ago #

    I'm suddenly getting a flood of spam through my contact form (plugin: Contact Form 7). I have Akismet installed, and I am using the Akismet tags in the contact form. I have tested that it works using the test case viagra-test-123, which fails as expected.

    However, I am getting flooded with odd spam messages. They don't contain any URLs or advertising - just random garbage and typos. Comments are not enabled, so there is no point to this (ie, they won't be approved later):

    Name: Katherine
    Email: majid@physics.ubc.ca
    Phone: eFHpfVJQvXGlhMN
    Property Name: DCyKYpREtxdGkmlxoe
    Number of guests: ArAuZWwKkrfmidfY
    Check in: TIQCegJtQJyxZb
    Check out: mpSbTjCugAHaI
    Other properties: nPnrFtXXADLMDgRLDeb
    Budget: zkQshOZbpJEk
    Your message: Never seen a bteetr post! ICOCBW
    Additional notes: Never seen a bteetr post! ICOCBW

  2. Joseph Scott
    Plugin Contributor

    Posted 5 years ago #

    Make sure to report these back as missed spam. I haven't checked if the Contact Form 7 Akismet integration supports this or not, if it doesn't it should :-)

  3. gillespieza
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks for your reply :)

    But there doesn't seem to be any option to mark something as missed spam - these aren't comments that are being held back for moderation, they are contact form submissions. The Akismet panel only seems to list the stats - no options to mark things as ham or missed spam.

  4. Joseph Scott
    Plugin Contributor

    Posted 5 years ago #

    I'd contact the Contact Form 7 devs then and ask them to add that ability. The API call to submit missed spam is detailed at http://akismet.com/development/api/#submit-spam and they are always welcome to contact us - http://akismet.com/contact/ - if they have any questions/concerns.

  5. gillespieza
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Thanks - I'll post it as a feature request :)

  6. Takayuki Miyoshi
    Posted 5 years ago #

    Hi Joseph. I'm the developer of the Contact Form 7. Thank you for the advice. I'll try to add the ability in the future release.

  7. razorteeth
    Posted 5 years ago #


    We are having the exact same issue on our company website and my boss asked me to look into this issue. Now, I'm glad that you'll try to add that new ability in the future release but what would you suggest I should do in the mean time?

    I'm already using following plugins of Akismet, Bad Behavior, and Cookies for Comments and those spams are still getting through.

    Thanks in advance.

  8. gillespieza
    Posted 5 years ago #

    @razorteeth - I solved it by adding a non-mathematics based quiz to my form. With questions like: "What is the second to last word of this sentence" and "How many colours in the rainbow", etc

  9. gverderamo
    Posted 4 years ago #

    What killed me about this was I followed the tutorial and it doesn't give the tags for the Subject field or the Message field. It gives the tag for the URL field (which wasn't included in the default form...no biggie) but not these other two.

    So I test with the viagra thing in the name and it worked as advertised but when I put it in the message or subject it sent no problem.

    So now I have to look up the tags myself. OK, I am being lazy and all but my question is this...why isn't the akismet support enabled out of the box?

    Why isn't there a checkbox in the configuration utility "Enable Akismet Support" which would they auto add the tags?

    THAT WOULD BE GREAT! It would make things easier for novices who don't know how to do tags and lazy people like me who don't want to.

    The same would be nice for the CAPTCHA. Why is this not bundled and then just a simple checkbox to enable it?

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