Suddenly Getting a Lot of Spam Emails? You’re Being Spam Bombed!
Have you noticed a surge of spam emails asking for subscription or newsletter confirmations in your inbox? My friend, you may be under a spam bomb attack.
Email bombing is a form of cyber attack manifested in numerous unsolicited emails sent to your address. It can have negative consequences for businesses by destabilizing their communications, but the impact is also inconvenient for individuals.
This Reddit user’s story is just one among many examples of email bombing and what the attack was covering up.
If you’d like to learn more about the phenomenon, read on.
Why Am I Getting Spam Emails All of a Sudden?
If you notice an avalanche of spam emails inundating your inbox, you should know that this email or spam bombing is no accident. You are most likely a target of a much more serious attack. The spam explosion is just a decoy for the attacker’s true intention—to either cover up money withdrawals from your financial accounts or to force you to abandon your email address.
Scammers Hide Money Withdrawal Traces
If you have an account with shopping websites, such as Amazon or eBay, attackers can gain access to one of those and make expensive purchases.
A scammer can also gain access to your bank or any other financial service account and wreak havoc by making various transactions.
A spam bomb is then dropped onto your address to bury confirmation emails for shipping, purchase, or other financial transactions in the pile of irrelevant spam emails.
Attacker Forces You to Give Up on Your Email Address
A proper email address with a real name is of huge value on the spam market, so spam bombing can also be a sign of scammers wanting to take over your account. They may frustrate you with a stream of spam emails to the point of you abandoning your address. Fraudsters can then use your email address for various purposes, such as adding your address to other spam, malware, and phishing lists.
This interesting article can shed light on how to report email abuse.
How Does a Spam Bomb Attack Work?
Most attackers use bots that scavenge through the internet searching for subscription websites that are not using a confirmed opt-in or implementing a reCAPTCHA, but they are still legitimate. Scammers then make a list of such websites and wait to attack.
Once they have found a victim, attackers schedule bots to sign the victim up to all those subscription services, which can generate thousands of emails sent to the victim’s address immediately, rendering it unusable.
What to Do if You Are Spam Bombed?
If you start getting plenty of spam emails, you should take the steps listed in the table below.
|Check for suspicious activity in your bank or shopping accounts||
Unsubscribe from the sender
Change passwords to all accounts and activate custom spam filters to stop or slow down the onslaught of emails
Provide information asked for in the spam email
Thine Spam Shall Not Pass Through DoNotPay
We have phenomenal news for you! Our DoNotPay virtual assistant can instruct you on how to report spam emails and get rid of unwanted emails for good.
All you have to do is create a DoNotPay account in your web browser and:
- Head for the Spam Collector option
- Type in your email address to link it to DoNotPay
- Next time you get a spam email, just forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org
As soon as our app gets the instruction from you, it will terminate your subscription and remove you from that mailing list. The added benefit is that it will also check if there's a current class action against the sender. If so, you will get a notification in the Spam Collector tab of your DoNotPay dashboard.
If you join the lawsuit and it is successful, you may get compensation.
You should know that you are eligible to join the class action if the spam you got is unlawful, i.e., you did not agree to receive it, or there is no option to unsubscribe.
You’ll Never Fail With DoNotMail
Potentially dangerous mail can find its way to your physical mailbox too.
Perhaps you have noticed that you have been getting a lot of junk and spam mail in your physical mailbox lately—red flag No. 1.
Disposing of the spam and junk mail has become a veritable chore—red flag No. 2.
Do you need a third red flag? It’s high time you did something about it! Scammers have developed a scope of psychological techniques to lure you into their swindles and deprive you of money. Luckily, we have a neat and elegant solution.
Besides helping you unsubscribe from emails and stop receiving them, our DoNotPay app can help you stop the stream of unsolicited mail flooding your mailbox. How? With one of its latest functionalities—DoNotMail.
DoNotMail has been designed specifically to eliminate the danger of you falling prey to scammers sending physical spam mail and spare you the trouble of disposing of junk mail.
The benefits are:
- Protection from scams
- Guaranteed removal of junk mail
- User's full control over their mailbox
- Environmental sustainability
- Notification about on-going class-action lawsuits
In case you would like to give DoNotMail a try, your only task will be to take a snapshot of your junk or spam mail and forward it to us by doing the following:
- Scroll down the DoNotPay homepage and select the DoNotMail option
- Tap the Enroll Now button
- Upload the photos
Your life will continue as before, but spam-free. If you enrolled in a class action against the sender, you might even get some bucks out of it. Not too shabby, right?
DoNotPay Protects Your Privacy and Finances
Sharing your credit card details online comes with certain risks, and it’s getting more difficult to tell good and bad websites apart. With DoNotPay’s virtual credit card generator, you will be able to protect your identity and bank account from cyber scammers.
Whenever you run into a suspicious email or website, generate a virtual credit card and proceed without worries. Our virtual cards also work like a charm if you want to avoid automatic payments after free trials.
A Plethora of DoNotPay Features for You
Besides helping you with spam email challenges, DoNotPay has so much more to offer.
The app is growing rapidly and incorporating other features to help you perform a motley of other tasks.
Whatever bureaucratic issue you have, DoNotPay has an ace up its sleeve.
Team up with your DoNotPay robot lawyer by accessing it from any web browser and you’ll be able to:
- Jump the phone queue when calling customer service
- Contest speeding tickets
- Protect yourself from stalking and harassment
- Get refunds from other companies
- Free yourself from spam mail for good
- Start free trials risk-free
- Get revenge on robocalls
- File a lawsuit in small claims court
- Schedule a DMV appointment efficiently
- Fix credit card problems
- Discontinue subscriptions or memberships
- Dispute traffic tickets
- Obtain refunds for delayed or canceled flights
- Appeal parking tickets
- Manage bills you are unable to pay