What to do if you’re receiving spam emails and how to stop them

Unwanted emails can clog up an email inbox and sometimes even scam you out of money. Websites, stores, even competitions

Unwanted emails can clog up an email inbox and sometimes even scam you out of money. Websites, stores, even competitions and newsletters can become spam and annoy you when all you want to do is read your emails in peace.

There are ways to stop spam from taking over your email, and you don’t have to resort to deleting them one by one every day.

1. Create an email address for spam emails only

Next time you’re asked for an email address and you don’t really want to give it – use one you’ve created specifically for spam. That way you can stop spam emails from going to your main inbox. All you need to do is sign up again and not sign into it! After all, it’ll be filled with junk. Just make sure after you have made a spam email that you use it and only sign up to emails you truly want in your real inbox.

2. Unsubscribe

At the bottom of every spam newsletter/marketing email should be a button that says something like “Unsubscribe” or “Remove Me From List”

Clicking “Unsubscribe” usually takes you to an external website that lets you unsubscribe from receiving any further email from that sender. Make sure you click the option that completely removes you and doesn’t just limit emails from them.

3. Try to avoid opening spam emails and clicking on links in spam messages

Sometimes the reason you’re receiving spam emails is because you’ve clicked on an irresistible offer or promotion. To make sure you don’t continue to receive emails from unwanted senders, avoid entering any competitions, signing up to winning money or a gift, or clicking on anything that promises instant cash or a reward. Sometimes you can even sign up to emails knowingly, but in the fine print they sign you up to multiple emails, so be careful and think carefully whenever someone requests your email address.

4. Spam filters


You enable spam filtering and adjust how aggressively you want to filter by clicking Spam Filtering.

Note: Messages from approved senders or messages that contain approved content bypass all spam filtering.

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. In the search box at the top, click the Down arrow .
  3. Enter your search criteria e.g. ‘Coupons Daily’
  4. At the bottom of the search window, click Create filter with this search.
  5. Choose what you’d like the filter to do.
  6. Click Create filter.

This will send any emails with those words in it to spam.


The Junk Email Filter evaluates each incoming message to assess whether it might be spam. By default, the Junk Email Filter is turned on and the protection level is set to Low. This level catches only the most obvious spam.

NOTE: The Outlook Junk Email Filter doesn’t stop delivery of junk email messages, but moves suspected spam to the Junk E-mail folder.

  1. You can adjust the Junk Email Filter settings in the Junk E-mail Options dialog box.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Delete group, click Junk, and then click Junk E-mail Options.
  3. On the Options tab, select the level of protection that you want.
    • No Automatic Filtering  – messages are still evaluated by using the domain names and email addresses in your Blocked Senders List.
    • Low – If you don’t receive many junk messages, or want to filter only the messages that are the most obvious junk, select this option.
    • High – If you receive lots of junk messages, but don’t want to restrict messages from senders on your safe lists, select this option.
    • Safe Lists Only – This is the most restrictive option. Any message that is sent neither from someone on your Safe Senders List nor to a mailing list on your Safe Recipients List, is classified as junk.

5. Sign up for Gmail

Gmail works to reduce the unwanted email that appears in your inbox without you needing to do anything. It identifies companies that spam and send frequent messages and puts them into the “Promotions” folder. They also have spam filters and a junk mail box too. The only issue is that the number of emails in your promotions folders will show as overall emails i.e. if you have 10 emails in your inbox to read, and 300 in your promotions folder, it’ll say you have 310 unread emails.

Tell us, do you receive spam email?

  1. Jeannie Bliss  


  2. Macman2  

    Do NOT click on unsubscribe, unless you absolutely are certain the source is who they say it is. If it is a fake, clicking on unsubscribe will tell the spammers they have a live email address and you will be placed on a spam list. Sometimes these lists are sold to other spammers too.

    Too frequently lately even legitimate companies put you on their lists and you have to opt out. That is pushing the law to the limit, but becoming common. How do they find your email? Often through you entering a competition and the fine print says they can share your email with others.

    Also when you register a web address, your details are public, unless you pay an extra fee to be not viewable on the register. So shortly after registering a web site you will get offers of all sorts from India to USA and beyond.

    Further – often before your web address is due for the next annual fee you will receive offers to renew from companies you don’t know, but at a hugely inflated price.

    My internet is set by me to have a moderate filter, as high can exclude wanted emails. If sending a weblink to yourself or a friend, always have some text introducing the link, or a filter will think its spam.

    What if you receive an email and it looks exactly like your bank or other supplier, with correct weblinks and email limks? How can that be spam? Often the entire message is a graphic, so click anywhere and you will go to the spammer’s site.

    When choosing an email address, consider the name with numbers on it. Like [email protected]. Automatic spam generators don’t usually add numbers.

    Confused by the sender being a legitimate email address? Advanced spammers can make their dodgy address look legitimate.

    There’s lots more, the simple rule is: approach all emails and websites with caution. If you are caught by ransomware on an iPad, go to settings and remove browser history. You may need to shut down and re-start, but often that step is not required.

  3. vic  

    Hi, Just wondering what to do when you get spam email’s that do not have an unsubscribe, i get heap’s of these and cannot get rid of them.Drive’s me crazy cannot get rid of these leaches

  4. Yes I get spam: dozens of widows want to give me money, women want relationships with me and some people think my breasts or penis need enhancement.
    Gmail handles them well.

    • Helen Honeywood  

      Are you still receiving them then even though Gmail handles them well?? I don’t quite understand your reply. Maybe you like them.

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