How Do I Take Care of Spam That Comes From Names in My Address Book but Not Their Email Addresses?  

Spam emails are evolving to be more deceptive than ever before. You might get freaked out when you receive a spam email from a familiar contact. It’s not dumb luck that the first and last names of these senders match your close contacts

Either your address book or the address books of your contacts have been breached. These senders count on you to absentmindedly click on a link they’ve sent through a fake account. To prevent this from happening, use DoNotPay to block the malicious email senders.

DoNotPay Prevents You From Receiving Spam Email From Known Senders

If you’re sick of getting spam kinds of emails from compromised accounts, you should consider using DoNotPay’s service. You can block these accounts in just a few steps and join class-action lawsuits against the offending parties

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Log in to DoNotPay after getting the app on your web browser or the iOS app store
  2. Create an account and log in
  3. In the app, find the option Spam Collector on the left-hand side
  4. In the text box, enter your email address to connect it with DoNotPay
  5. If you receive another email from this address, forward it to spam@donotpay.com

After completing these steps, the app will block further emails from the offending account. You will be given the option to join a class-action lawsuit if one has been filed against the sender. If there’s a pending suit, a flag will appear in the Spam Collector tab to notify you.

How Email Spoofing Works

When you receive an email coming from a familiar name, you’re more likely to see it as legitimate than regular spam. Some spammers can even spoof an email address, making the message seem more convincing.

Spammers create an SMTP server that can send out emails from any given address. Your ISP and email app have protective measures that are used to stop spam emails. The addresses are cross-referenced with a list that determines whether or not the email should be received. They don’t always work, as an email will pass through your inbox even if it fails an “SPF check.” The level of protection provided depends on your email application.

The Email App You Use

Handling of “Soft SPF Fails”

Handling of “Hard SPF Fails”

Gmail

  • Messages will occasionally pass through to your inbox
  • After ten checks, messages from the account are treated as spam
  • The email sender is blocked, or messages are sent to spam

Outlook

  • Messages are treated as spam
  • Emails are not sent through to the inbox
  • False positives may occur

Yahoo Mail

  • Messages are sent to spam

Personal Email Servers

  • Depends on your configuration
  • Depends on your configuration

Will Blocking the Senders Manually Prevent Getting Spam Emails From My Contacts?

An effective way to prevent these spoofed accounts from sending you messages is to block them. You can do this from any email application. If you want to block spam emails on Android or iOS devices, follow the recommended steps in your application. You can use the native block function in any of these email apps:

  1. Gmail
  2. Yahoo Mail 
  3. Outlook 

Blocking Emails in Gmail

Gmail’s block function is accessible in both the app and browser versions. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Open Gmail in your browser or device
  2. Choose a message you want to be blocked
  3. Click More in the top right section
  4. Click Block

Blocking Emails in Yahoo Mail

Here’s how you block emails in Yahoo Mail:

  1. Open the Yahoo Mail app
  2. Select Settings
  3. Enter an email address in the address field next to Block
  4. Press Block

Blocking Emails in Outlook

It’s a straightforward process in Outlook as well. To block an email, do the following:

  1. Go to Outlook Mail
  2. Select a message
  3. Press Message>Junk Mail>Block Sender

The issue with blocking addresses is that the spoofer can create new ones while using the same contact information as before. Blocking and reporting emails will let the email provider better determine which IP addresses are suspicious. It’s an excellent way to stop spam emails, but it’s only temporary.

Creating a New Account for a Fresh Start 

If push comes to shove, you can always get a fresh start with a new email account. You don’t have to deal with those spam emails if they don’t have your address listed. Unsubscribing from mailing lists and reporting email abuse takes time. Creating a new account will also rid you of other kinds of spam.

Warn the contacts you add to your new account to be more careful with their accounts. If someone you know is compromised again, you’ll run into the same problem.

How Can I Join a Class-action Lawsuit Against Someone Creating Email Spam Using My Name

Scammers will use your contact information to create a convincing copy of your email messages. These emails can cause a lot of harm, especially when they are filled with links containing malware. 

Taking legal action against the sender would be your best course of action. Most people wouldn’t know where to start in this scenario. 

The good news is that DoNotPay has you covered. You can find out about pending class-action lawsuits against scammers spoofing your emails or emails of your contacts. As long as you’ve sent one of the offending emails to spam@donotpay.com, you will be notified of a lawsuit. Take revenge on spam email senders by getting some money from the settlement.

If You Want to Get Rid of Physical Junk Mail as Well, DoNotPay Has a Solution

Unwanted junk mail doesn’t just litter our email inboxes. It fills up our mailboxes daily. Canceling these kinds of subscriptions seems harder than the digital variants. The problem is that people aren’t as familiar with blocking physical mail as they are with digital.

If you want to reduce the amount of junk in your inbox, you should use DoNotPay’s service. 

To cancel a physical mail subscription with DoNotPay, all you have to do is:

  1. Take a photo of the mail you’ve received
  2. Send it to DoNotPay

With these two steps, you can rid yourself of physical junk mail and regain control of your mailbox.

DoNotPay Can Take Care of More Than Just Spam and Junk Mail

DoNotPay provides useful services for its users both on and offline. All you have to do is get the app on your web browser or the iOS app store and explore the possibilities. Here are a few things that DoNotPay simplifies: