Here’s how to report spam to Gmail and Google. Spammers love to send their spam from Gmail, don’t they? That’s for several reasons, including that it’s darned easy to spam from a Gmail account, it’s free, and if they get shut down they can just open another free Gmail account.
But perhaps top among the reasons is that people generally don’t know how to report spam to Gmail. Oh, they know how to report spam received in Gmail (by clicking on the ‘Report spam’ button). But reporting spam that originates from Gmail, and especially that goes to your non-Gmail email address, is a whole different ballgame.
First, of course, you have to be sure that the spam you received actually came from Gmail, and isn’t just spoofed to appear to be coming from Gmail, to throw you off the scent.
You do this by finding the full set of otherwise-hidden headers in the email. Headers are all of the technical information under the hood that tracks where the email originated, where it ended up, and all of the paths that it took to get from the starting point to the final destination.
If you don’t know how to find your headers, check out our tutorial on how to find and read email headers.
When looking at your headers, look to be sure that the email actually originated from Gmail, as it is that spamming Gmail account that you want to report to Google. Here’s an example from an actual spam that originated from Gmail (note that we changed the receiving email address to [email protected] to protect the user’s identity):
Received: by mail-pl1-f195.google.com with SMTP id k1so8066594pls.2 for
Received: from Anil ([184.108.40.206]) by smtp.gmail.com with ESMTPSA id o1sm2127482pjf.17.2020.06.16.03.02.32 for
Generally speaking, you will find the “from where did the spam originate” down at the very bottom of the headers, closest to the body of the email.
Be sure to copy those headers, because Google Gmail is going to want them.
To report the Gmail spammer to Gmail / Google, go to this link at Google:
This will take you to a form that looks like this:
Here’s what you will need to provide when you fill out and submit the form:
- Your email address
- The Gmail address of the spammer
- The headers of the spam
- The subject of the spam email
- The content of the spam (i.e. the body of the email)
There is also space for optional additional information that you would like to provide, as well as a yes/no question as to whether the spammer was trying to impersonate Google.
That’s all there is to it! Go forth and report! Here’s the link again:
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