How To Report Suspected Phishing Emails
This article describes how to report an email for phishing in Gmail. Phishing can be defined as a type of social engineering attack with the goal of stealing user or company data. Examples of fraudulent practices include emails, text messages, and or websites masquerading to be from someone you know in order to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers, or the installing of malware/ransomware to exploit the user or company.
To Report an Email for Phishing:
If you receive an email that appears to be a phishing email, do the following:
- Open the message.
- Click on the 3 dots icon for more options. It can be found on the right side of the email next to the “Reply” icon,
- A drop-down menu will appear. Click on the “Report phishing”.
- A pop up will appear. Select “Report Phishing Message” to continue
- On the bottom left of your Gmail window, you will see a confirmation message.
- When a message is reported as phishing, not only will the message be moved to spam, but Google will “learn” by analyzing the message and automatically treat any similar message (from the same sender or with the same content) as spam going forward.