Luckily, there's an easy trick to make sure you're immediately informed if a spam bot starts to send emails from your account. From Reddit user overzealous_dentist:
Always have a fake email address in your contact list; if a bot starts sending out spam as you, you'll get an Undeliverable Email notice.
The easiest way to create a fake, undeliverable email is to make the contact address' email domain a string of nonsensical numbers. Something like fakey@4cbj&x9.com. The bot will try to send an email to this address, but you'll nearly immediately get an email alert back in your inbox saying it wasn't able to send a message to Mr. Fakey.
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