Cash App Email Hack: Myths and Facts You Should Know (2023)

Written By Branson Knowles

Cash App is one of the most popular P2P transfer platforms in America. With over 44 million users, Cash App has to use state of the art cybersecurity software to keep their users safe and to keep their information encrypted. Many users still wonder, can someone hack your Cash App with your email?

Nobody can hack your Cash App with just your email. They can send your email the password reset notification, but can’t use it without your email’s login information. The only way someone can access your Cash App account is with both your email and password. The email itself is only half of the puzzle. 

Beware of scammers, as they are usually the ones sending you those password reset notifications or spam resembling Cash App.

Phishing is a prominent scam where scammers use Cash App too. If you’re not familiar, phishing is when a scammer emails you while pretending to be a reputable organization, like Cash App. They’ll usually try and get you to click on a link in pursuit of stealing your information.

Can Someone Hack Your Cash App With Just Your Email?

Cash App requires both your email and password to login. You can use a phone number instead of an email, but you’ll still need the password regardless. If someone just has your email, they won’t be able to login or hack your Cash App.

This goes for both the Cash App mobile app and Cash.App, Cash App’s website. 

cash app login using your phone

The only thing someone can do with just your email through Cash App is to send your email a password reset notification. These don’t do anything without you going through the steps and resetting your password.

cash app login using your email

If you are getting these notifications, consider changing your password separately. While the hackers may only have your email, it could be a matter of time before they access your passwords as well. 

Resetting your password won’t stop the password reset notifications, ironically, but they will keep you one step ahead of anyone trying to hack your Cash App with your email.

You can also enable a two step login. I use it for my Cash App, and whenever I log in on a computer or through the app I have to accept another authentication to get in. I’ll include a picture below:

cash app two step login

Is It Safe To Give Someone Your Cash App Email?

It depends. It may be safe to give someone your Cash App email, but that’s on the person you’re giving it to. If you know them and know they’re just going to use it to pay you, no problem! I would never recommend giving your email out to a stranger though. 

Cash App allows users to find and pay each other using three different searchables: your phone number, email, and unique $cashtag identifier. If you’re unfamiliar, the $cashtag is a one of a kind profile tag that users can create on their own.

If someone is asking for your email when trying to find your account on Cash App, I would recommend giving your $cashtag instead. They will be able to find your account just as easily as they would with your email but this time you don’t need to worry about them hacking into your account!

Like I mentioned earlier, you can log into Cash App with either a phone number or an email address, but not a $cashtag. They won’t be able to use your $cashtag for anything malicious. 

Can Someone Steal Your Info With Your Cash App Name?

While Cash App needs your full legal name to fully verify you and give you access to the highest spending limits, they still give their users the ability to go by different display names on the app. Your display name is up to you, so long as you aren’t trying to be someone else. 

If you go by a different name on Cash App, and someone finds out, don’t worry. They can’t steal your information on Cash App.

The display name you go by is only significant on the app when you’re trying to find someone. You can’t use that display name anywhere but the search bar. 

Again, the only means of identification Cash App accepts when you’re trying to login are your email and password. 

How Can I Make My Cash App More Secure?

If you’re looking for ways to keep your Cash App account more secure, I have a couple for you:

  1. Never share your password: I always like starting my lists with answers so obvious, they may be overlooked. When creating any type of account, especially an account that deals with money, never share your passwords with anyone. 

cash app privacy and security

It doesn’t matter if it’s your boss, baker, or bowling buddy, keep your passwords secure!

  1. Set up a PIN for Cash App: You may have a PIN to get into your phone, but do you have one for Cash App? Cash App lets their users create a separate PIN to get into Cash App, entirely its own from the PIN already on your phone. 

cash app pin

To create a PIN, head to your profile by clicking the profile section on the app. From there, scroll down to privacy and security. The first button you should see should be to create a PIN. Click on that and set up your 4 digit Cash PIN.

  1. Use Two Factor Authentication (2FA): 2FA is one of the newest forms of cybersecurity to come out for the general public. Don’t be intimidated by this state of the art technology though, 2FA is very easy to use. 

You can use it in conjunction with Cash App to make the finance app even more secure. To use 2FA on Cash App, head to the profile section once again and click on privacy and security. 

cash app use authenticator app

Once you’re back on the security screen, scroll to the very bottom and find a button titled “Use Authenticator App”. You’ll need to download a separate authenticator app, one that can store multiple apps. 

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Google has a great authenticator app you can get for free. Once you’ve found the authenticator app you want to use, input the unique code found on Cash App’s 2FA screen. Once you link the two, you’ll never be able login without two forms of authentication. 

  1. Only share your info with people you know: While it may seem like a good idea to put your Cash App information out there, maybe in the hopes some random millionaire will send you a couple bucks, it’s never a good idea to put your Cash App information online. 

There are many scammers out there who may use it to try and trick you or impersonate you, using your information like it was their own. Only share your email and phone number with people you know and trust. 

If someone does need your Cash App info and you’re not comfortable giving out those first two pieces of information, you can always give out your Cash App $cashtag as well. 

What Should I Do If A Stranger Sends Me Money on Cash App?

I wrote an article on this a while back, so if you’re looking for the long version go ahead and click here to check it out.

In short though, receiving money from a stranger on Cash App may not be as lucky as you think it is. Cash App makes it pretty hard to send money to someone accidentally, so it’s never a bad idea to question how someone could have gone through all of those steps by accident.

When you send money on Cash App, you need another user’s phone number, email, or $cashtag. Each of those is unique to every user on Cash App, so mixing them up isn’t very likely.

Even if a stranger mixed up your $cashtag with someone else’s, they’re still able to see your profile picture, display name, and bio when they’re paying you.

If someone you don’t know is sending you money on Cash App, I would first make sure you really don’t know them. I would then reach out to Cash App before immediately refunding them, as refunding them may be aiding them in their scam. 

Reach out to Cash App and let them know what’s going on. They should be able to investigate the transaction and send the stranger back their money for you. 

My Cash App Was Hacked What Do I Do?

If your Cash App was hacked, you need to reach out to Cash App customer support right away. It is rare for Cash App accounts to be hacked, especially if they use 2FA or have a PIN set up, but it is possible.

If you can still log into your Cash App account, it may be in your best interest to reach out to Cash App through their chat team. On the app, they respond within a couple of minutes at most and should be able to guide you to the right specialists to further assist you.

If you’re not able to get back into your Cash App account, you should call Cash App’s customer service line at 1 (800) 969-1940. They’re available between 9am to 7pm EST. 

If your Cash App was hacked and it was connected to your bank account, you may want to freeze your account in any way possible. If your Cash App was just connected to your debit card, your bank should have a way for you to freeze it or close it outright. 

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About the Author

Lead Researcher, Digital Banking in the U.S. at TopMobileBanks

Branson Knowles is a former banker and current writer at

During his years banking, he helped his clients discover their financial freedom through smart savings and spending goals. He started as a teller before becoming a banker and obtaining his federal licenses, furthering his clients' on their financial journeys.

After becoming one of the top producing bankers in the state, Branson decided it was time to pursue his own financial freedom. He started writing freelance finance articles before joining, breaking down banking like only an ex-banker could.

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