Receiving Spam Emails From Myself


Frequently Asked Questions

Why am I getting spam emails with my email address?

Thanks for your feedback. This is not a virus or a hack to your account. All it means is that some spammer has purchased a list of addresses that contains your address and is using your address as the sender address on the messages. The spammer is not using your account, only your address.

How do I test my email for spam?

All you need to do is: 1 Go to Mail Tester 2 Send an email to the address that it gives (from the email account where you’re having spam issues). … 3 Click the Then check your score button. 4 View the analysis.

How do I deal with email spammers?

Check the sending email address – Some spammers pose as legitimate businesses, so check the email address they are sending from by hovering your mouse over their email address name Unsubscribe – If you know the sender (if it’s a utility company or major retailer for example) you can safely use any "unsubscribe" option.

What is spam and how can you prevent it?

Spam is an ongoing issue that costs businesses and individuals billions of dollars in lost time and resources. Spam includes unsolicited commercial email (UCE) and other unwanted bulk emails. This article covers the following:


Why you’re getting it

When you see your own address spoofed in the From: field of spam, it’s generally happening for one of two reasons:

  • They’re trying to spam you, and know it’s unlikely you’ll block email from yourself. In fact, as you’ve seen, it’s not even always possible — but I’d consider it a bad idea, even if you could. It would prevent legitimate email from reaching you.
  • They’re trying to spam someone else, and what you’re seeing is a bounce message indicating that the original spam was rejected by its intended recipient. Since the email looks like it came from you, you get the bounce message.

Now, as to why the “ <>”, where the two email addresses don’t match, or the more common “Name <>”, where the name is obviously unrelated to the email address, I can only speculate. My guess is it’s either intentionally confusing, to boost the chance recipients will open the email, or a side effect of the tools spammers use, which may not be able to put together a proper name/email address pair.

Get Rid of Physical Spam With DoNotPay!

DoNotPay can help you clear your mailbox of physical spam mail within minutes. 

Here is how:

  1. Snap a photo of a spam letter
  2. Open DoNotPay in your web browser
  3. Find the DoNotMail option
  4. Follow the steps

DoNotPay will unsubscribe you from that sender. In case there is a class action against the sender, you will get a chance to add yourself to it.