Phishing - Who Do I Tell?
Have you been getting those emails that seem a bit off, but have you nervous anyway? The ones telling you that you have just made a payment of $455.92 to Michael Gonzales from your paypal account or that there is suspicious activity on your credit card and you need to verify a transaction immediately or they will suspend your account? You probably already know they are scams. Those letters are the bait and you are the hunted - thieves are "phishing" for your personal information every day of the week.
There are thousands of places to tell you how to avoid 'phishing' - this isn't one of them. (In fact, virtually every company that deals with money provides a list of what to look for to identify suspicious email). Obviously, you don't want to get caught in someone's trap, but have you ever wondered if there is something else you can do? Something that may cause those emails to cease forever?
Well, no promises here, but if we all forward the scam email we get to the appropriate authorities, we will at least be doing our part. In doing this, I have found that it is usually difficult to simply figure out where to report fraudulant emails.
What I am doing is slowly compiling a list so it won't be necessary to go to the FAQ of a different website every time someone tried to catch you - hook, line, and sinker.
Where Do I Report Phishing? - or How to Be a Boy Scout
Want phishing to stop? Well, it probably isn't going to happen. However, if everyone forwards the emails that try to steal our identity to the right people, we can at least start to make headway.
- Federal Trade Commission
First and foremost, any and all phishing letters (and actually anything you suspect is a scam) should be emailed to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at email@example.com. This link takes you to the FTC microsite On Guard Online and you can get a lot of
- Internet Crime Complaint Center
All internet scams can also be reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, but it isn't as straightforward as forwarding an email. You need to go to http://www.ic3.gov/ and follow the instructions there. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3
- US-Computer Emergency Readiness Team
US-CERT is actually part of the Department of Homeland Security. Their mission is to improve the nation's cybersecurity posture, coordinate cyber information sharing, and proactively manage cyber risks to the nation while protecting the constitutiona
Credit Cards - Where to Send Fraudulant Email if It Looks Like It's from a Credit Card Company
These email addresses were confirmed or updated as of October 2012.
Have You Been Phished?
Have you gotten phishing emails?
- American Express
forward suspicious email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
forward suspicious email to: email@example.com
- Chase Bank
forward suspicious email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Discover Card
forward spam and/or phishing letters to email@example.com Also, Discover lists all of their authentic email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Your banks and credit cards know your name, address, ss#, etc. They NEVER address you as "Dear Customer" even if they were to email you.
1) If you never signed up on their site, they will never email you.
2) You can always open a new browser window and log on from there.
Banks - Where to Send a Fraudulent Email that Looks Like It's from a Bank
- Bank of America
Please forward fraudulent email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Capital One
Please forward fraudulent email (with original subject line) to: email@example.com.
- Fifth Third Bank
Forward Fifth Third phishing to firstname.lastname@example.org. I got two emails from phishing phakers at work today, both claiming to be from Fifth Third. Both looked fairly legit, especially with the FDIC logo and even apologized for the inconven
- HSBC USA
Please forward fraudulent email to: email@example.com
- Key Bank
If you receive a suspicious email message that appears to come from Key*, take the following steps: 1. Do not respond to the fraudulent email message 2. Forward the email message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: this mailbox is for reporting suspici
- Branch Banking and Trust
Please forward fraudulent email to: email@example.com If you have responded to a phishing email and supplied your BB&T account information, call 1-888-BBT-ONLINE (1-888-228-6654) immediately for assistance.
- Sun Trust Bank
This page takes you to Sun Trust Bank's Fraud Page, which is very thorough. If you are just interested in reporting a phishing expedition, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- TCF Bank - Email Fraud
Based in Minnesota, TCF Bank also serves Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Indiana. Someone went phishing in my work account pretending to be them (July 06), so I am adding them to my list. If you believe you have received a fraudulent em
- Wells Fargo
Please forward fraudulent email to: email@example.com
- Citizen's Bank
Please forward fraudulent email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Neither Fish Nor Fowl - Phishers will pretend to be from other sites, too
When you are forwarding something along, it is always helpful to include the full headers.
There isn't just one email address. If you receive a suspicious e-mail allegedly sent from Amazon.com that contains an attachment, they recommend you forward the e-mail to email@example.com (as an attachment if possible) without opening it. If
Forward suspicious mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The IRS
The IRS never initiates contact with taxpayers through email. Let me repeat that. The IRS NEVER initiates contact with taxpayers through email. If you get anything that claims to be from them, send it to email@example.com.
Forward suspicious email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. One way to tell if an email is really from PayPal is that they address you by your first and last names or your business name. They don't say things like "Dear user" or "Hello PayPal member."Â Also, t
- National Credit Union Administration
Suspicious email should be forwarded, in full, to Phishing@ncua.gov.
Report suspicious email to email@example.com
Protect Yourself! - Books on how to avoid being phished
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