Gmail Users Receiving Spam Emails From Themselves: Report


A spam has been detected in the popular email service by Google, Gmail, where users are getting spam messages from themselves.

Earlier on Sunday, Gmail users reported a weird activity in their email box where the users were receiving spam messages apparently from their email address.

The worried users posted on Gmail’s Help Forum regarding the issue that the spam messages are sent from their own accounts regardless of the fact that they were protected with the two-factor authentication and updated passwords.

“My email account has sent out three spam emails in the past hour to a list of about 10 addresses that I don’t recognize. I changed my password immediately after the first one, but then it happened again two more times.”

“The subject of the emails is weight loss and growth supplements for men advertisements. I have reported them as spam. Please help, what else can I do to ensure my account isn’t compromised??” wrote a user on Google’s Help Forum.

As explained by Deccan Chronicle,the spammers made use of fake email headers to make it look like the messages came from the users’ through a Canadian telecommunication company ‘Telus’. Since the message was from the users’ own name, Gmail filed it under the users’ sent folder, skipping the spam messages filter.

A Google representative informed Mashable, “We are aware of a spam campaign impacting a small subset of Gmail users and have actively taken measures to protect against it. If you happen to notice a suspicious email, we encourage you to report it as spam.” Whereas, Telus exclaimed that the messages were not coming from its servers and they are also working with third-party vendors to solve the issue.