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Spam is the most annoying thing which could happen to your beloved email account. Well, believe it or not Gmail is affected by spam too! In fact, on one hand a  lot of spammers use Google Gmail accounts to launch their spam attacks, while on the other hand a lot of honest Gmail users get tons of spam emails (despite the excellent Gmail Anti-Spam filter).  Here is how to fight spam back by using a nice form to report Gmail spam, directly to the Google Team!

  1. To report spam, as well as harassing emails or emails violating Google TOS and Program Policies, use this Google form here.
  2. Remember , to use this form you need to provide a valid Gmail email address so that the Google team will be able to contact you back!

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3 Comments to “How to Report Gmail Spam”

  1. shawn Says:

    gmail is a a joke recently with the amount of users sending Nigerian 419 spams. Especially getting them through valid craigslist ads.

    I fully agree that using a form to report spam from Gmail email accounts would have worked 10 years ago. I do not have 10 minutes to report the 5 emails a day that I get. This is corporate IT arrogance on a large scale to basically say only our (GMAIL ) users matter. Google needs to step up and take responsibility for the gangly external user interface.

  2. Web Talk Says:

    Thanks for your valuable comment, Gregg. However if on one hand you are right because Gmail has got a great anti-spam filter, on the other hand sometimes there are certain cases where you do need a form or a email address to let Google know about certain issues which apparently are not solved by anti-spam filters.

    A couple of weeks ago I had to write to Yahoo Mail because I started receiving 10-15 emails a day from a Yahoo account. They were spam (kind of how-to articles) and despite everything I could not solve the issue. Within 24h from my email, a Yahoo employee replied to me. Here is what he wrote me:


    Thank you for writing to Yahoo! Mail.

    Mass distribution of unsolicited email messages, or “spamming,” violates
    the Yahoo! Terms of Service (TOS).

    After investigation, we have determined that this email message did not
    originate from the Yahoo! Mail system. It appears that the sender of
    this message forged the header information to give the impression that
    it came from the Yahoo! Mail system.

    We take the operation of Yahoo! Mail very seriously. Unfortunately,
    there is no control over messages sent through other email systems, and
    it’s not possible to preempt the misuse of the Yahoo! name in forged
    headers. While Yahoo! cannot technically prevent its domain from being
    forged in the headers of an email message, actions have been taken
    against companies in an effort to prevent further forgery of the Yahoo!
    brand and to seek damages as appropriate. Individuals are strongly
    discouraged from forging the Yahoo! domain in the future and appropriate
    action will be taken as necessary.

    In addition, please visit the following website for useful tools to
    combat spam:


    Please let me know if you still need assistance, so I may assist you

    Your patience during this process is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you again for contacting Yahoo! Mail.



    Yahoo! Customer Care


    For assistance with all Yahoo! services please visit:


    This to let you understand that big Internet companies take spam very seriously. I am pretty sure Google would replay and solve my issue in the same exact terms!

  3. Gregg DesElms Says:

    Honestly… this posting feels like it’s ten years old. No one has time to individually report spam anymore. There’s too much of it, and everyone’s too busy. Using the form to report harrassing emails, or violations of Google’s TOS, on the other hand… well, something like that would be a perfectly fine use for the form.

    But for reporting spam? C’mon. Why would anyone do that when GMAIL not only has the hands-down best spam filter of any free email service (or, actually, any email service, period); but it also has the easiest-to-use tools built right into it for “training” the spam filter?

    GMAIL’s spam filter is so good that I disabled the spam filter on my own email server, and now just use GMAIL’s instead. I’m not saying that I used GMAIL instead. I’m saying that I use its spam filter. All incoming email still arrives first in my own POP3 inbox. I’ve simply stopped pulling my incoming mail directly from it with my Windows Mail email client.

    Instead, I configured GMAIL to pull everything out of my own POP3 inbox and up into my GMAIL inbox every few minutes. The mere process of doing that effectively filters all my incoming mail. Anything that was spam sitting on my own POP3 server gets deposited into the spam folder in my GMAIL account, leaving only stuff that I actually want to receive in my GMAIL inbox. Then, when I open Windows Mail, I pull everything from the GMAIL inbox rather than directly from my own POP3 inbox. I actually have GMAIL similarly pull all messages from all my various email account inboxes; then I simply pull all email from GMAIL using Windows Mail.

    I do this because it has long been known that GMAIL’s spam filtering is superior. Granted that hasn’t always been true. Early GMAIL users complained about the low quality of its spam filtering. But then GMAIL started using — and learned to tweak and leverage — POSTINI technology for its spam filtering.

    It took a little while to get it right, but the GMAIL-customized Postini filters, ever since sometime in 2008, have gotten to the point of being the hands-down best spam filtering on the Internet… free, commercial or otherwise. Most people don’t know this; and even many of those who do don’t realize that they can use it for all their email spam filtering by configuring everything the way I do.

    Postini is a multifactorial filter that takes into account many different variables to determine whether or not any given email is spam; augmented by Google customization and sophisticated filter “training” techniques. Postini is normally a commercial service, but every GMAIL user effectively gets Postini for free. However, making it even better is the fact that it’s Google-customized Postini, constantly being trained and refined based on the sum total of all email messages — millions of them every few minutes — arriving in all GMAIL inboxes.

    The result: http://bit.ly/dpjV9q

    But, beyond that, the user can more finely-tune how the GMAIL global spam filter treats his/her own inbox. By so doing, each Google user effectively notifies Google what is and isn’t spam… at least from their perspective… which pretty much eliminates the need for a form.

    For example, no spam filter is perfect, and occasionally something ends-up in it which shouldn’t have. So every three weeks or so I visually scan through all the spam and make sure nothing good got accidentally snagged. By simply marking as “not spam” any email in the GMAIL spam folder which accidentally ended-up there, said email is moved back into the inbox; and then any further email from that sender (assuming said sender isn’t considered a spammer by most of GMAIL’s other users) will end-up in the inbox (and not the spam folder) in the future.

    Conversely, any spam which somehow leaked through the filter and ends-up in my GMAIL inbox (and then subsequently gets pulled-down into my Windows Mail inbox on my hard drive) can, even though it has already been pulled from the GMAIL inbox, still be marked as spam there. Remember that all email pulled from the GMAIL inbox sits in the GMAIL trash folder for 30 days. All I have to do is login to my GMAIL account, find in the trash the spam that leaked through and got pulled down into my Windows Mail inbox, and mark it as spam. This act both moves the email from the trash and over into the spam folder, and tells the filter that such mail should be treated as spam in the future.

    So, then, as you can see, it’s easy to tweak, tune and train the GMAIL spam filter without filling-out any forms.

    There are additional features, too… like, for example, being able to tell GMAIL to never filter certain kinds of emails, or from certain sources… just to make sure that it can’t possibly end-up in the spam folder, no matter what.

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m too busy to fill-out forms.

    Oh, don’t get me wrong… I used to. Years ago I was a downright activist; and I still try to help the anti-spam community as much as I can (see the very bottom of each page of the SPAMLINKS.NET web site). I used to forward spam with full headers to “abuse@” all the time.

    Today, though, with my email address plastered all over tons of web sites because of things I’ve written, and also with my having built and operated a couple of very high profile web sites through which I communicated by email with literally thousands of people (who weren’t using anti-malware on their machines, and so all kinds of bad things were running in the background sending out spam to everyone in their address books… including me)…

    …I now get upwards of 500 spams per day… sometimes more. But using GMAIL’s spam filter, only maybe two — at most three — per month leak through into the inbox. Most months, none. That’s partly because GMAIL’s spam filter is so go even without my help; and partly because I’ve further tweaked, tuned and refined it over time using the methods I’ve described above.

    And all without filling-out a single form.

    Gregg L. DesElms
    Napa, California USA
    gregg at greggdeselms dot com

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