How To Stop and Report Spam Emails

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Do you get a lot of spam emails? Not only is it annoying but if you’re not careful, your email inbox could be a portal for criminals to access your personal information.

In this article, I’m going to show you how to stop and report spam emails. In the process, we’ll get some tips from money expert Clark Howard and explore some anti-spam tools to save your inbox.

Quick Links: How To Get Rid of Spam Emails

First of all, although there is a bit of a distinction between spam emails, which could come from legitimate companies as well as entities you do not know – and scam emails, Clark wants you to be cautious about any email correspondence that seems sketchy.

In that case, it’s important that you do not click on any links inside the email, although you can read them.

“With the email, note what they’ve said and delete it,” Clark says.

How To Stop Getting Spam Emails

Block Spam Emails in Your Inbox

The way to stop getting spam emails generally is to click on the message you want to block and manage it separately. For example, in Yahoo Mail, you’ll see at the top of your inbox three horizontal dots. When you click them, you can select either “Unsubscribe,” “Filter Messages Like This” or “Block Senders.”

How to unsubscribe from spam emails in Yahoo Mail
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Other major email providers have a similar process that may vary slightly.

Let’s go over some other ways you can stop getting spam emails.


Unsubscribing by manually going through your inbox can take up a lot of time. In our guide on how to stop junk mail, I touch on a technique I use to unsubscribe from spam emails that pop up in my inbox.

Before You Use the Unsubscribe Button

Many legit emails have an “unsubscribe” button at the bottom, but there may be some that use it as a way to confirm your real email address. In that case, what will typically happen is you’ll click the unsubscribe link and soon your inbox will get filled with even more spammers.


David Lazarus of The Los Angeles Times says the better option may be reporting those emails as spam. Over time, that sender will be blocked by your email provider.

Use Your Phone’s Features

Your phone may also hold the key to getting rid of the many spam emails you get on it. For instance, if you have an Apple device, the company protects you from spam emails courtesy of the “Hide my email” feature when you sign up for a service or subscription on your iPhone or iPad.

Hide My Email (Apple Only)

The Hide My Email feature, which debuted with Apple’s iOS 13 launch, works with third-party sites that have the “Sign in with Apple” option enabled. Hide My Email generates unique, random email addresses that automatically forward to your personal inbox. Each address is unique to you. You can read and respond directly to emails sent to these addresses and your personal email address is kept private,” it says on

You may have a spam folder that catches many of the more ridiculous email messages, but even still, that doesn’t stop many things from making their way to your inbox.

Create an Alias Email Address

Some free email providers, specifically Gmail, allow you to create an alias email address that lives inside your regular email address, which means it utilizes the same inbox, settings and login information.

The benefit of creating an alias email address is that you can filter unwanted emails to that address and into a folder, which will keep your main inbox clean.

Here’s how to create an alias email address with

Gmail settings to create an alias email.

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Note that you’ll need to be on a laptop or desktop computer and this won’t work with a business email, only your personal Gmail address.

  • Log in to your Gmail account and click on the gear box icon in the top right corner.
  • Click on “See all settings.”
  • Click on “Accounts and Imports” > “Send Mail As.”
  • Type in the email address where you’ll like to receive emails.
  • Confirm your choice by entering your password and verifying it.
  • Once it’s done, your email alias will be set up and you can begin using it.
gmail alias email settings

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Create a Throwaway Email Address

One way to ensure that your main email account isn’t inundated with spam messages and annoying correspondence from people or companies you don’t know is to set up a throwaway email address.

Essentially, this process involves using an alternative email address that differs from the one you use and need the most.

Read more in our guide on how to create a throwaway email address.

How To Report Spam Email

The major email providers Yahoo, Gmail and Outlook allow you to report spam from your inbox.

Report Spam To Your Email Provider

For Gmail: Open the message you want to report as spam. Click on the “Report Spam” button in the top menu (In the image below, it’s the second icon from the left).

Report email spam on Gmail.
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Gmail’s Support page says, “When you report spam or move an email into Spam, Google receives a copy of the email and may analyze it to help protect users from spam and abuse.”

For Yahoo: Click on the message. Click the Spam button (the shield icon with an “x” inside). This will report the email to Yahoo and automatically move it to the spam folder.

Report email scam on Yahoo
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For Outlook: In Outlook, open the message and you’ll see above the reading pane an option to select Junk > Phishing > Report to report the message sender.

Report email spam on Outlook.
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Report Email Spam To the FTC

The U.S. government is also interested in helping Americans free themselves from spam emails. The Federal Trade Commission also says you can report spam emails to


Final Thoughts

Spam emails can really be annoying, but there are some ways to stop them from taking over your inbox. Clark wants you to remember not to click on any suspicious links.

Before you mass unsubscribe from promotional emails, read them carefully so as not to get rid of important correspondence you may need.

Read our in-depth guide on how to keep your email safe and secure.