Gmail users are getting spam messages from themselves. Recently a lot of Gmail users reported that their inboxes were flooded with ads all of a sudden that were apparently sent from their own accounts, according to Mashable.
Users have been left confused and concerned after discovering spam emails in the Sent folder of their own accounts.
Users were thinking, why they would send weight loss services and “growth supplements”? Had somebody stolen their Gmail login credentials and got access to their accounts?
Apart from the fact that some users changed their passwords, new spam messages kept appearing in their accounts.
Although, Gmail is typically pretty good about filtering out useless spam messages, but a number of users is suffering from spam messages.
Many users then reported to Gmail’s Help Forum that even they were secured with two-factor authentication and have updated passwords, the messages appeared to have been sent from their own accounts.
A Google spokesperson said that it was a “spam campaign impacting a small subset of Gmail users” and that the company had already “actively taken measures to protect against it.”
According to Google, spammers applied the strategy what the company explains as “forged email headers” to make it look like Gmail users were getting emails from themselves, which in turn give impression they’d also sent those messages.
Gmail user Louis Morton wrote in a post on the Gmail Help Forum “My email account has sent out 3 spam emails in the past hour to a list of about 10 addresses that I don’t recognize”.
Another user describes the situation, “I changed my password immediately after the first one, but then it happened again 2 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??”
On the other hand, many users said the same thing had happened to them and interestingly many of those spam messages come to be linked to a Canadian telecoms firm, Telus.
However, Telus quickly confirmed that it had nothing to do with this issue and the messages. A Google spokesperson said that, “We are aware of a spam campaign impacting a small subset of Gmail users and have actively taken measures to protect against it”.
“We have identified and are reclassifying all offending emails as spam, and have no reason to believe any accounts were compromised.”
Have you received any spam message from Gmail? Then let us know in comment section or report at Gmail help forum?