Spam Email Examples — The Telltale Signs of Spam Emails
Did you know that around 60 billion spam emails are sent daily? The content of these messages spans from coupons, promotions, and adult content to donation solicitations. Even though there are commercial spam emails that are typically harmless, there are also dangerous ones that could put you in jeopardy by obtaining and abusing your personal and financial details.
Are you annoyed by spam emails and want to get revenge? If your inbox is overwhelmed by spam, DoNotPay can get rid of it for good! Check out some of the spam email examples so you know what to look out for.
What Is the Difference Between Phishing Emails and Spam Emails?
Spam emails are usually commercial, and many companies use spam for advertising their products. Although annoying, many of them do not aim to harm the recipient.
Phishing emails are designed to collect your personal information by leading you to suspicious websites or sending you attachments with harmful content in them. The best way to avoid being harmed by phishing emails is to refrain from opening them and clicking on any links they contain. You should always report email abuse if you suspect a spammer or scammer is after you.
Examples of Spam Emails
Telltale Signs of Phishing Emails
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Suspicious links and attachments
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Requests for personal information and other sensitive details
What Are the Most Common Spam Email Examples?
According to the survey conducted in March 2020, 53,95% of all email traffic is spam. It is hard to distinguish a phishing email from a spam one, but there are some patterns that they follow that can help you spot them before it's too late.
Here are six common examples of spam email:
- Advertisements—Emails containing ads for specific products are the most common type of email spam. If you are receiving emails even after you clicked the unsubscribe button, you can sue the sender in a small claims court
- Chain emails—These messages usually start by saying that bad things will happen if you do not forward the email to a certain address. The scammers are looking to scare you and force you to respond so that they can gather your private data
- Spoofed emails—Considered to be one of the most dangerous types of spam, spoofed emails are related to phishing emails. The scammer pretends to be someone else, a representative of a familiar company or a person in charge of something and asks you to fill out a form with your personal information
- Hoaxes—These emails usually come with a link to a suspicious site. They are filled with advice that can improve your financial status or help you live healthier. There is always a link in the email, so our advice is not to click on it
- Money scams—In this email a person of high importance is asking you for a loan and, in return, offers a big reward in the future
- Malware warning—This email looks like an alert saying that a virus has attacked your system. The sender offers a solution if you download an attachment included in the email. The attachment in most cases contains a virus, so it’s best not to open it
What to Do if I Responded to a Phishing Mail or Clicked a Link?
If you already clicked on the link in the phishing email, the best advice we can give you is to:
- Not provide any personal information (your name, bank account number, credit card number, etc.)
- Change passwords on all your important accounts
- Disconnect your internet as soon as possible
- Scan your PC or iPhone for any viruses
How to Block Spam Emails on Your Own
Major email service providers have their solutions for helping you deal with spam emails. It is usually done by directly marking the message as spam or changing your filter options.
- Log into your Gmail account
- Go to your inbox
- Select the mail you want to remove
- Click Mark as Spam
To block a certain sender, you need to:
- Open your Gmail account
- Click on your inbox and select the email you want to block
- Click on More Options ...
- Select Block (sender’s address)
- Click on Block to finish the process
Yahoo users have to do things differently by:
- Opening your Yahoo account
- Move your mouse over the gear icon and select Settings
- Click Blocked Addresses
- Put in the email you want to block in the Add Address field and click on Block
- Click the Block button again to complete the process
If you use any other email service provider, you may need to follow a slightly different procedure to block spam manually. DoNotPay does not care what email provider you use—the process for getting rid of spam is the same for everyone. We can help you stop receiving unwanted emails quick and easy.
Block Spammers Using DoNotPay
Many spam messages slip under the radar, and instead of going to your spam folder, they end up in your inbox. Going through your inbox and searching for an important message among thousands of spam emails can be time-consuming. Let DoNotPay guard the gates to your inbox. We will stop spam from reaching your inbox and help you keep it spotless—all you have to do is:
- Open DoNotPay in your web browser and log into your account
- Find the Spam Collector tab and click on it
- Put in your email address and connect it with DoNotPay
- Forward any spam email you receive to firstname.lastname@example.org
After you’ve completed the previous steps, there are two options:
- We will automatically unsubscribe you
- If the spam is illegal and there is an active class action lawsuit against the sender, a flag will appear in your Spam Collector tab in your DoNotPay dashboard
The spam is considered illegal if it doesn’t offer an unsubscribe option or if you did not agree to receive it. If there is a class action lawsuit you can join it on your own. You might get compensation if you win the lawsuit.
What About Your Physical Spam Mail?
DoNotPay can help you clean up your home mailbox, too — we will do all the dirty work for you. If you send us a picture of your paper mail, we will make sure to unsubscribe you and help you keep your mailbox pristine. You will stop getting unwanted mail and only receive the letters that are important to you.
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