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Phishing - Who Do I Tell?

Updated on February 11, 2016

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.

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.

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Dear Customer

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.

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.

Phishing Exposed
Phishing Exposed

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Have a phishing story of your own to tell? Or a suggestion? Here is where you have your say

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      seeker2011 lm 5 years ago

      We know about it, yet there must be people out there that actually respond to these emails. I have my share of spam, still do unfortunately, but what do these spammers hope to achieve? The Ultimate Junk site! How many blocked email address' do you currently have listed? 100, 1000, more...

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      Thanks for creating this great lens. I always delete but am left wondering how to stop this insidious crime. Lots of good resources here to use.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      thank you for sharing this informative lens! many will benefit from your sharing! cheers

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      Mrmakingusmile LM 6 years ago

      Awesome phishing tips. Verd good read. Thanks for the knowledge.

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      GuyB LM 6 years ago

      I saw these guys live at Madison Square Garden they put on a fantastic show. They jammed all night and did Bouncing Round the Room as an opener. In short, it was a great concert, but the lead singer kept asking for my personal bank information-it was a little weird but totally worth it

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      agsdirect 6 years ago

      Unfortunately PayPal, and various bank phishing emails have been around for the last few years. The good news is that the technology to screen these scams has improved a lot.

      Identity Theft Protection

      AGS XPress - Security Blog

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      Jennifer Einstein 6 years ago from New York City

      @jlshernandez: I'm glad you weren't caught!

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      I have received threatening and demanding e-mails from Paypal and eBay demanding I pay my fees or something of that sort even if I do not owe anything. When I looked at the logo of the e-mail carefully, I did notice that it came from elsewhere compared to the real letterheads. Then I forwarded these e-mails to and

      One has to be very careful now since there are sophisticated phishing methods now.

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      Jennifer Einstein 6 years ago from New York City

      @Lee Hansen: Thank you! And thank you for my angel blessing - the first ever!

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      Excellent research and collection of resources to report phishing and spoof attempts. I've been sending info to FTC for at least 10 years. Being armed and ready is better than unaware and victimized by thieves.

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      SafeCard LM 7 years ago

      Law enforcements way of handling this crimes could really get frustrating,most of the times but we should also act on our behalf in preventing this as it can happen to anyone.

      Being cautious and self-aware is a good start.

      Great lens!

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      Jennifer Einstein 7 years ago from New York City

      @rickeyharrod: I agree that it is immensely frustrating. However, I don't want to necessarily have to give out information when I open an email account. There must be some happy medium.

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      rickeyharrod 7 years ago

      Why is it the FBI does not ever hold the companies responsible for people using there websites, email addresses, etc... for fraud?

      Look I know fraud cannot be completely stopped. But come own now email fraud could be greatly reduced if these internet services that provide email address domains would make every client provided verifiable information on every account opened. Most of these people have numerous email addresses and just change them when questioned about fraud and start all over again.

      Do not you think it is time for the FBI to hold these internet companies accountable, arrested, and fined for contributing to these frauds? I mean if you were driving the getaway vehicle that the bank robbers left the bank they just robbed, the driver would be an accessory to the bank robbery.

      What is the difference?

      Owe they have money and power over the way laws are disbursed in the world.

      Wakeup FBI ( and all the other law enforcement agencies) and government agencies.

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      sunyshine 8 years ago

      FYI everybody - I just got off of the phone with Discover Card. First I spoke to an agent, then they transferred me to somebody in the security department. They must have changed their policy since you created this list, as they told me to forward spam and/or phishing letters to the following e-mail address:

      They were amazed that I took the time to inform them, since I'm not a customer, but I think it's important to do what you can :)

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      triathlontraini1 9 years ago

      Excellent info here! Great job! I usually report them via Firefox, which then will warn people that are using the browser, if they happen upon the site. :)

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      Jimmie Lanley 9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Excellent information here! :-)

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      Acne_Medicine 10 years ago

      Very worthwhile topic for everyone to read. Most people including myself have little understanding of phishing. excellent lens. Thanks from Acne Medicine Guy.

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      affiliate_guy 10 years ago

      This lens was an eye opener. Excellent resource. Thanks. Affiliate Guy from How to Make Money Online

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      jwatts98 10 years ago

      Is you receive a spoof message from Amazon you can forward them the message at .