Bitcoin Spam Email—Get Rid of It for Good With the Help of DoNotPay

Ever since Bitcoin was created in 2009, the cryptocurrency has been dividing people’s opinions on it. A decentralized, completely transparent form of digital money certainly has many appeals. Unfortunately, like any other cryptocurrency, bitcoins are often used in scam attempts.

If you received any of the bitcoin spam emails, read on to check how to get rid of them in the most effective way.

Bitcoin Spam Emails and What They Are About

Spam mail is usually just advertisements for products and services. You can learn how to unsubscribe from them and stop spam for good—but make no mistake, a large portion of spam mail represents phishing attempts to trick you into giving your money away to cybercriminals.

Many such scams revolve specifically around bitcoin. The most common one is a type of blackmail spam.

Emails containing elaborate threats—demanding money in bitcoin in return for keeping the victim’s made-up secrets safe started circling the net around 2018. Every once in a while, they make a comeback. For some reason or another, criminal offenders are sticking it out with this scheme.

Report the Bitcoin Spam Email With the Help of DoNotPay

Whether you are the target of the spooky blackmail scams or you’re just annoyed by spam emails involving bitcoin, we suggest you get rid of the problem as quickly as possible.

Let us paraphrase a famous saying—all bad things must come to an end! Nowhere is this more true than with email abuse. You will also want to learn how to stop receiving emails that bother you in general and keep your inbox as clean as possible.

Reporting spam is the easiest thing on DoNotPay. All you need is a DoNotPay account that you create on our website using any web browser or iOS app.

To get a perfect spam email revenge, take these short steps:

  1. Select the Spam Collector tab on the DoNotPay homepage
  2. Enter your email
  3. Forward the bogus message to spam@donotpay.com 

Though it may seem too good to be true, all it takes are these three steps to get rid of that annoying spammer once and for all!

The excellent news is that you then have a chance to win up to $500 in compensation. Watch out for any notifications on your DoNotPay dashboard once you report spam to us. If there is a class action lawsuit against your sender, we’ll let you know. You can then join in the lawsuit.

If the spammer loses the case or a settlement is reached — you get money. Who knew fighting spam can be so rewarding!

How to Fight Bitcoin Spam Emails On Your Own

As the main aspect of bitcoin is that it’s a decentralized system that belongs to all, you can’t report the BTC spam emails on the website itself. Still, you have countless options to report spam emails on your own.

Here are two popular ones:

  • Report email abuse to the Email Service Provider (ESP)
  • Let the authorities know

Reporting or Flagging Emails as Spam on Your Email Service Provider

Depending on your ESP, how you flag or report emails as spam will vary. Here, we’ll provide the steps for some of the most common ones.

Reporting spam on Gmail works by:

  1. Going to your inbox
  2. Checking/marking the spam message (you can do this for multiple emails)
  3. Clicking on the exclamation mark in the toolbar

The default spam filter on Gmail will then pick up any similar spam messages sent to you. You contribute to the overall Gmail spam algorithm by reporting the bogus emails. Each report feeds into the anti-spam system this ESP uses.

Mark email as spam on Outlook by:

  1. Ticking on the spam message/s
  2. Selecting Junk in the toolbar
  3. Clicking on the Spam option
  4. Confirming by clicking OK

Moving email to a spam folder on Yahoo is done by:

  1. Checking emails that are junk
  2. Clicking on the Spam option in the toolbar

If you’re not using the ESPs listed, you’ll benefit from learning how to block emails on AOL and the Mac Mail too—and, of course, you’ll want to block that annoying spam on your Android or iPhone as well.

Going to the Authorities With the Bitcoin Spam Emails

The option to report the bitcoin spam emails to authorities is usually reserved for the recipients who have already fallen victim to scams. No matter the degree of the danger you’re in—whether you want to let the authorities know about the spam in your mailbox or you’ve lost money or data—you have a couple of options.

Authoritative Body

Countries and Contact Information

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Australian Communications and Media Authority

The National Cyber Security Center

Bitcoin Spam Messages in More Detail

The best way you can shield yourself from internet fraud and abusive emails is by knowing everything you can about them upfront. As we’ve pointed out, Bitcoin is often the way to go for cybercriminals’ money scams.

Fraudulent Bitcoin Email Types

Main Characteristics

Blackmail

  • The scammer has spoofed the email address to look like the victim’s
  • The message contains threats to send non-existent compromising videos of the recipient to all their contacts if the money in bitcoin is not delivered in 24–48 hours
  • The email may contain the victim’s old or recent passwords (obtained from a data breach)

Giveaways

  • The spam email is a call for a bitcoin exchange
  • The recipient is asked to pay a small sum in bitcoins in exchange for a larger amount later on
  • Besides money, recipients may be asked to provide personal information to register to a site 

Pyramid Scheme

  • Like with any good old-fashioned pyramid scheme, a spam email invites participants into an investment
  • The supposed return a participant gets is calculated by the number of people he/she invites into the scheme 

Prevention Is the Best Protection

The best protection against fraudulent emails is to prevent ever falling victim to them.

Here are some tips to keep in mind the next time you receive a bitcoin—or any other—phishing email:

  • Don’t panic—even if you see your old password in an email that’s trying to blackmail you, the scammer doesn’t have access to your current accounts
  • Change your passwords right away just in case
  • While you’re at it, create strong and different passwords across your accounts
  • Delete or report the email immediately—never open any links or attachments and don’t make any payments
  • If you decide to report the email to the authorities, take screenshots as evidence

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