How do I stop people that I don't know emailing me to ask me to be their friend?

Why do the emails that I receive think that I will know a list of people that I have never heard of?

  • Just contact facebook like i did and request them to stop the emails, all the above will not help, as i have done them all without success. Using the unsubscribe at the end of an email will only do it for that request, you get hundreds....just think? – user48968 Oct 7 '13 at 9:33

There is an option on Facebook that scans the contents of a members' address book and sends out invites to people not already on Facebook. If someone has done this then you should have at least heard of them, having presumably exchanged e-mails at some point in the past.

Double check the links contained in the e-mail by examining the source (the option will vary depending on your e-mail client) - it could be a scam designed to get you to think you are signing up to Facebook as a means of getting personal details from you. It sounds like you've done the sensible thing so far and not clicked on any of the links.

  • Yes - my cousin asked originally but I ignored the request. Now I have received other requests from people I don't know. I have asked to be unsubscribed by using the link at the end of the latest email. Lets hope that puts a stop to it as I don't trust the security of Facebook. – user4680 Sep 27 '10 at 21:59
  • I am still confused at the list of people that Facebook assumes I might know. – user4680 Sep 27 '10 at 22:00
  • @user4680 - I've got a Facebook account and I'm confused by the people it suggests. If it told you why it's suggesting them (which it doesn't always do), I'd feel a whole lot happier. – ChrisF Sep 27 '10 at 22:06

To stop being annoyed by the emails, set your email software or webapp to filter out any email coming from *@facebookmail.com and *@facebook.com.

As to why you are receiving them in the first place, ChrisF explained it very well.

Note that as facebook expand their email capabilities *@facebook.com addresses may become the source of real email messages.


How to keep Facebook from emailing you? Click the unsubscribe link at the end of the emails.

I think you answered your own question when you said:

I have asked to be unsubscribed by using the link at the end of the latest email. Lets hope that puts a stop to it…

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.