Flood of Gmail spam messages

James Marshall
April 23, 2018

However, a new variant today is cleverly bypassing those protections by making it appear that your account is the one directly sending the spam email to itself. This naturally made such users fear that they're accounts have been compromised and are now being used to send spam to others.

Many Gmail users have written about it on the Gmail Help Forum.

The spam messages consisted of "ads for weight loss and growth supplements for men" and "ads for personal loans up to $35,000". The emails were reportedly filed in the users' Sent folder. Also, of course, none of the senders acknowledges having anything to do with such companies that promote such pills. Telus, however, confirmed the spam emails are not being generated from its server. Not only that, the report states that a user posted on Google's Help Forum that after finding out about the spam messages he immediately changed his account password and even after that, two more spam emails were sent out without his knowledge. TELUS is a Canadian telecommunications company, and it's not clear what role it plays in this mess. Involving such a name no doubt makes the emails look that much more authentic and real. This attempt involved forged email headers that made it appear as if users were receiving emails from themselves, which also led to those messages erroneously appearing in the Sent folder.

However, as of now, it hasn't been figured out what is causing this issue and whether it extends to a larger number of users. The spammers are trying to project that user account has been compromised, and might trick users to click on the links within the email.

Google meanwhile has acknowledged being aware of the suspicious activity going on at Gmail but said it is a small group that has been affected. The company also suggested all users to be vigilant of such acts and to report any suspicious looking emails as spam. And Google better fixes this problem, as receiving spams from own account is definitely not something we signed up for.

Both Google and Telus have said they are actively pursuing the issue and assured of all possible help to reach an early resolution on the matter.

"[My] account is totaly secure with 2 factor authetication and the sent by telus.com messages are still being sent", read one such reply.

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