If you are not one of the people who have had the bad experience of having your email account being subjected to a bulk spam attack, you are lucky. But what to do if you are? Don’t panic. I recently faced this situation and I will explain how to solve this. Follow through the points below —
- Don’t panic.
- Open email account and try to set the number of emails displayed on a page to maximum. Lets say your mail client allows maximum display of 100, then set it to 100 through your mail preferences.
- Press select all on the mail (usually a checkbox).
- Starting from top, scroll down the page and see if any email is of importance to you. If it is, then un-check that email from the selected emails. Once you scroll down, the spam emails are easy to stop and skip the un-check process. When I did this, there was hardly 2 or 3 emails that was important to me that was from the contact that I know.
- Once you unselect (uncheck) all emails that is relevant to you, press the ‘Spam’ button or link on your email client. For example, in Yahoo its a link that says ‘Spam’ with a ‘x’ in front of it. Click that link. This will mark all those selected emails as spam and will remove it from your inbox.
- Repeat steps 4, 5 without delays (if you are spammed every minute), until you reach the page where your last ‘good’ (non-spam) email was.
- You will still continue to receive spam emails. But, every time you repeat steps 4,5 you are blocking those senders.
- Realistically, at least in my case, I had to do this about 1-2 days (first time cleaning in quick succession of 5 or 6 times and them after wards 5 or 6 times on a one time basis as I opened my inbox) until all spams stopped – which means that what ever source was spamming your account is short of domains that it can use.
- You might see some spams again as you go, but that would be normal as before. Just mark them as spam immediately.
The lesson I learned is not to give away your email id un-necessarily unless it is really needed.