Gmail users receiving spam e-mails from their own e-mail ID
Several Gmail users have reported that they are receiving spam e-mails from their own e-mail ID. Since the messages are coming from the same account, they appear in the sent folder of Gmail. The spam e-mails include content like ads, loans, and male growth supplements. Users have taken to Gmail's Help Forum to report the issue. Here are the details.
Hey Alex, thanks for letting us know. Our engineering teams are aware of this and are working on a resolution :)— Seth Vargo (@sethvargo) April 22, 2018
Further, some users claimed that the spam messages are still being exchanged even after they change their passwords, indicating that this is not a case of a hack. While some others expressed surprise that this is happening despite their account being secured with two-factor authentication.
Notably, many spam e-mails appear to have been sent "via telus.com" which is a Canadian telecommunications company. According to reports, spammers forged e-mail headers in this manner to get the messages past Gmail's spam filters. TELUS said, "We are aware of the issue and can confirm the messages are not being generated by TELUS, nor are they being sent from our server."
Google said the issue relates to a "spam campaign impacting a small subset of Gmail users." "We have identified and are reclassifying all offending e-mails as spam, and have no reason to believe any accounts were compromised as part of this incident. If you happen to notice a suspicious e-mail, we encourage you to report it as spam," a company spokesperson said.