How To Avoid And Report Gmail Phishing?

An email phishing attack happens when someone tries to trick you into sharing personal or professional information online.

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Do you know? What phishing is

Phishing is generally done through email, ads, or by web sites that look like the web sites you already use. For example, someone who is phishing might send you an email that looks like it’s from your bank institute, so that you’ll give them your personal and confidential information about your bank account.

Phishing emails or web sites might ask for:

  • Usernames and email account passwords, including account password changes
  • Social Security numbers (social identity number)
  • Bank account numbers
  • Secret PINs (Personal Identification Numbers)
  • Credit card or debit card details.
  • Your mother’s maiden name
  • Your birthday

Important: Google or Gmail will never ask you to provide such kind of information in an email.

How to Report phishing emails

When you identify that an email is phishing, you might show a warning or move the email to Spam folder. If the mail wasn’t marked correctly, follow the given steps below to mark or unmark it as phishing.

How To Report a phishing email

  1. On your PC, and Sign in Gmail.
  2. Click to open the emails.
  3. Next to reply (button), click at the Down arrow tab.
  4. Click Report phishing email.

An email was incorrectly marked as phishing

  1. On a pc, Sign Gmail.
  2. Now click to open the emails.
  3. Next to Reply (button), click the Down arrow tab.
  4. Click Report not phishing emails.

How to avoid phishing attacks?

Be careful when you get an email from a web site asking for personal and secured information. If you get this type of mail:

  1. Never click such kind of links or provide personal information until you’ve confirmed the email is real or fake.
  2. If the email sender has a Gmail address, report the Google email abuse to Google.

Note: Google email won’t ever ask you for personal and secured information, like your password and over email.

When you get an email that looks like suspicious, here are the few things to check for:

  • First of all you should check that the email address and the sender name match or not.
  • Check if the email is authenticated or not.
  • Hover over any given links before you click on that. If the URL of the link doesn’t match the given description of the link, it might be leading you to a phishing web site.
  • Check the email headers to make sure the “from” header isn’t showing an incorrect user name.

Important: If you think your Google email address has been taken over, Recover Gmail account before sending or opening any other emails.

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