Posted May 17th 2010 4:09PM by the AOL Mail Team
You may receive spam from your own email address if your account is compromised or your email is spoofed. While most of the time it is spoofing that causes this issue, it is best to take precautions to guard against either situation.
But first, what is spoofing? There are different types of spoofing. Email spoofing is when spammers fill in the From address with the To address, making it look like the email is coming from the recipient. In other words, the email appears to be coming from yourself. However, the email is most likely coming from an outside source.
To help prevent these spam messages, consider the following tips....
Report the email as spam
Reporting spoofed emails as spam helps to ensure that future emails from the spammer source behind the email will go into your spam folder. Please be assured that by reporting the email as spam, you are not blocking or reporting yourself. You are just helping us identify the source of the spoofed email.
Delete your email address from your Address Book
By having your own email address in your Address Book it reduces the scrutiny applied to mail that appears to being sent from you to you.
Change your password
If you suspect your account has been compromised, check your Sent folder for any emails that weren't sent by you. If you see any such emails, please change your password immediately.
You can learn more about the above tips as well as some others here.
Thank you for choosing AOL Mail and for helping us in the fight against spam.
The AOL Mail Team