Most realistic spam comment I’ve seen

In addition to using Akismet to do the bulk of the filtering of comment spam, I moderate comments from new users. The past few days, several comments have made it through Akismet’s filters and I was notified to moderate them. Today, I saw one that seemed genuine:

I always have terrible trouble with comment-related plugins that require me to put some line in the comment loop; I can never seem to find the right spot. Can anyone tell me where I should put the php line in my comments loop? I haven not modified anything much, and I would be very grateful. Thanks!

Then, I looked at the url they listed. It was a tramadol subdomain on a free host. :P So I marked that comment as spam.

If you’re using Akismet, please make sure to check the url, too. No matter what the text says, you can discern the intention of the comment by looking at the url, because they’re trying to gain back links. We really need everyone who is using Akismet to be aware of this so that the filters don’t get tainted and let these comments through.

Update: I searched for the comment and it was a real one that showed up in February 2005: http://inner.geek.nz/archives/2005/01/12/wp-plugin-official-comments/

Man, how low will they go?

3 thoughts on “Most realistic spam comment I’ve seen”

  1. I call this kind of comment spam an example of “stupid human tricks”. Comment spammers are hiring people to comment spam sites. There has been an onslaught of this in the past couple of months, but I spotted one of the year ones a year and a half or more ago. It’s very scary, but speaks of their willingness to do anything to use comment spam as advertising.

    Wait until one pops up with your name in it. I HATE those.

    This is also why CAPTCHAs and questions don’t work. It takes a human to jump through simple human tests. Quality comment spam fighters like Akismet, Bad Behavior, and Spam Karma are the way to go.

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