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5 Harmless Prank Email Ideas For You And Your Friends5 Harmless Prank Email Ideas For You And Your Friends

5 Harmless Prank Email Ideas For You And Your Friends

Oct 26, 2020

Move over April Fool’s, pranking doesn’t have to be a one-time event. You can give out your daily dose of ownage with prank calls and prank emails! We have a hilarious line-up of prank ideas for you. 

Remember to always try to stay anonymous. All the best pranks use fake or new email accounts to keep them off the trail. Think about it. Even with a great idea, it won’t work if you use your everyday mail account. Your victim can see you plain and simple.

In fact, anonymity is the bread and butter of hilarious pranks. Like we mentioned in “How To Make Prank Calls” - you can pretend to be anyone else, just not yourself. You can create a new character to go with your prank email. That being said, check out our best prank email ideas:

Spam Jam

While this doesn’t include drafting a letter, it is still a great prank idea. You can take your victim’s email, make sure it is one they check often and sign them up for different mailing lists. 

You can also try inputting the email in the middle of an application form and immediately exit. Some companies still keep track of partially filled forms for marketing purposes, so there is a good chance your victim will still get spam mail from them.

Companies are getting better at separating spam from legitimate emails. So try to target decent or “serious” websites to bypass this. 

Another way you can go about it is by signing them up for hundreds of spam emails so that when they log-in, they find a crazy amount in their spam folder. Here, the raunchier, the better - especially if you are using their school or work email. If they open it at work and people get to see - mwah! It’s the cherry on top!

Spam Jam is one of the more harmless pranks. They can easily unsubscribe from the email. It just might take a while.

Bulky Download

Another prank email you can send is one with a bulky attachment. Start it off with a serious email about a school or work project. Attach two legitimate files. It can be PDFs of notes or studies found online. Then you can add one heavy file.

It can be anything like you want, like a PDF version of a dictionary, or a 1080p video of something goofy like Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” on loop. Just make sure it’s funny. This is one of the few pranks that might make your friends laugh as well.

For best results, make sure they have bad internet or a computer with limited memory. Downloading a file that takes hours to find out they got rickrolled is sure to be one for the books. It can be one of those funny memories years down the line.

Email template:

Hey! [Name]

I got started on prepping for the [project name] due [date]. I’m not sure if this will be helpful, but I found a couple of files that might help. Check them out and see if they are good to go. I’ll move on to the [random task] next. Thanks!


Thank You For Availing Our Services!

First, create a fake business and a new email address, preferably something they would be embarrassed about. It can be a personal service like a waxing job or cosmetic surgery. Or something your victim has publicly claimed to hate like reiki healing or interpretive dance. Make a “Thank You” email and hope they open it somewhere other people might see.

Email Template:

Dear Valued Customer!

We at [fake business name] would like to thank you for supporting our local, homegrown business by availing our [item or service]! Because of your continued support, we are sending you 50% off coupons for your next visit!


The [fake business name] team.

[Attach your fake coupon. Remember to make the card very flashy.]

You could also add a bit of realism to the prank. You can email your target a goodie bag with free samples or an anniversary box you want to send. Make sure you list the contents of the box and make it embarrassing. 

If you want to commit to this prank, you can make the fake goodie bag and send it to their address. The good thing about doing this is that it can be a long-term prank. Once in a while, you can mail your target coupons and cards on top of spamming their email address.

Corporate Memo

Whenever you do an office-related prank, it can go two ways. Either you have a good laugh with your team or get sent to HR. So always weigh the stakes before you get into any hijinks on company time. 

One of the prank ideas you can try is sending a funny corporate memo. Remember that design and formatting are key to pulling it off. And it wouldn’t hurt to have someone from IT in on it as well. 

You can have fun with it! Either schedule a costume day (for team building, you know?) and only send it to one person. It can be just like Mitchell Pritchett wearing a Spider-Man costume to work in Modern Family. Or you can talk about changes that are going to happen in the office like no more printing on paper or exchanging the coffee machine for a soda machine. Run wild!

Sincerely Yours

It is time to up the ante a little bit. If you have access to your friend or co-worker’s computer, you can revise their email signature. Instead of the usual name and position, you can play around with it. Here are some options to help you get inspired:

Her Royal Highness

The Queen


John Smith

The Smithiest Smith


John Smith

Use John10 for 10% off your next purchase at [random store/service]


You can definitely use more savage ones, but let’s keep it PG for now. Now there is a 50-50 chance this new signature makes its way to another person. They are bound to notice it when they send out their messages. Either way, you can get a couple good laughs. 

However, if you want to make this work. Say, you want someone specific to see this like a professor or manager - make the changes in the middle of a busy week, a time when they aren’t as focused or aware. 

There are so many prank emails you can try! This list only scratches the surface. If you haven’t had enough, you can check out our top prank call ideas for real-time reactions. Ownage Pranks is here to help make your pranking dreams a reality. If you need any professional help, you can always request a prank call with us.


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