Emails & SMSs asking us to pay a small handling fee to collect some fabulous prize have become the order of the day. Our email inbox is replete with such fraud emails. While most of us aware of these tricks, some tend to be less cautious and therefore put themselves at significant risk. The trick to staying safe from such scams and hoaxes has always been the same — ignore them and report them to the concerned law enforcement agencies. This can help others too!
Following are the places where you can report online scams.
Report Scams, Phishing, Spam
Symantec Report Phishing website
Most phishing websites imitate legitimate websites in an effort to obtain personal or financial information about users. Symantec Security Response service can be used to report such phishing websites. The submission form used for reporting a phishing website is SSL secured.
Google – Report spam
Most email service providers offer a way to report the scam by marking or un-marking emails as spam. Gmail, for instance, also automatically identifies spam and other suspicious emails and sends them to Spam. You can mark unwanted emails as spams by opening your Gmail account, selecting a mail and choosing ‘Report Spam’ icon here on Google.
If you haven’t noticed, you will find that when you open your Spam label, any emails that were marked as spam by you or Gmail will be displayed clearly. Each email will include a label at the top that explains why it was sent to Spam.
On Guard Online – Report spam
If you receive any unwanted or deceptive messages, you can forward them to FTC at the following address – firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you forward the complete content of the spam email.
Also, if you find that when you try to unsubscribe from an email list and your request is not honored, file a complaint with the FTC. Here’s how you can do it.
- Go to FTC Complaint Assistant page and select a complaint category.
- Once done, choose a sub-category. Here, if you can’t find a match select the “No Match Found” option and the website will take efforts to categorize the complaint about you.
- After that, answer a few questions related to your complaint and provide the description of your problem in your own words. Complaint Assistant will then guide you accordingly.
Report Phishing to Google Safe Browsing
It is a Google service that lets client applications check URLs against Google’s constantly updated lists of unsafe web resources. With Google Safe Browsing a user can do the following things,
- Check pages against the service’s Safe Browsing lists based on platform and threat types.
- Issue warning to users before they click links in your site that may lead to infected pages.
- Prevent users from posting links to known infected pages from your site.
Please note that the Safe Browsing APIs (v3) has now been deprecated. All Safe Browsing API clients are requested to use the (v4) APIs going forward.
The website allows you to report scams to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. All you have to do is enter information relevant to the scam in 3 step.
First, the type of scam you received, the medium used by the spammer to contact you, date of contact and losses suffered, if any.
The second step involves entering the details of the scammer.
The third step encompasses additional information about the spammer. Here, you can briefly describe the scam in about 1500 characters and attach a file as additional reference.
For more information, refer this page.
The computer emergency readiness team is the official website of the Department of Homeland Security that aims to build a safer and stronger Internet for all the Americans. It also allows you to report Incidents of Phishing, Malware, or Vulnerabilities.
All that is required is the filling up of Incident Reporting Form for reporting incidents to US-CERT as defined by NIST Special Publication 800-61. It should include the following.
- Any attempts made to gain unauthorized access to a system or its data,
- Unwanted disruption caused or denial of service, or
- Abuse or misuse of a system or data in violation of policy.
Thus, by seeking help from the above-mentioned sites, users can report Scams, Phishing, and Spam and continue to remain safe.
Know of any more such websites where you can report spam, phishing, scams, and other frauds? Please mention them in the comments section below.
UPDATE: Brian C suggests another site where you can report Phishing scams to: millersmiles.co.uk.
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