Stop spam and unwanted emails in Yahoo Mail

Getting unwanted emails or spam is frustrating, however, Yahoo works hard to keep ahead of the spammers. We automatically filter suspected spam messages, but if you're still getting overwhelmed with emails, mark them as spam or unsubscribe from mailing lists.

Spam emails

Mark emails as "spam:"

  1. Select the spam email.
  2. Click Spam.
  3. Alternatively, click the down arrow next to Spam to provide info about the email:
    • Report Spam - unsolicited emails.
    • Report a Hacked Account - emails from a contact's account that aren't normal.
    • Report a Phishing Scam - emails that look like they're from a legitimate company, but are actually meant to scam personal info.
    • Not My Mail - emails that may be addressed to another person.

Mark emails as "not spam:"

  1. Click on the Spam folder.
  2. Select the email.
  3. Click Not Spam at the top of the page.
    - The email will return to your Inbox.

Unsubscribe from mailing lists

Along with spam, you might get overwhelmed by mailing lists emails. Legitimate mailing lists will have instructions on how to unsubscribe.

If you're not sure the email is legit, mark it as spam.

Avoid spam in the future

  • Don't reply to unrecognized emails.
  • Be careful who you give your email address to.
  • Never reply with "remove" (or similar) to stop subscription emails.
  • Don't sign up with sites that claim to remove your email from spam lists. While some are legitimate, many are address collectors used by spammers.