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Phishing scams are a problem no matter who you are, how big your business is or what your business does. Successful phishing attempts can be detrimental to both businesses and employees, therefore, it’s important to know how to spot a phishing scam and how to report them.
Reporting suspicious emails is important, as it could help prevent others.
By reporting phishing scams, you’re helping service providers delete spam email accounts, the authorities remove malicious websites from the internet and prevent others from becoming victims.
In this blog, cover every way you can report a phishing scam and who you should contact.
If you receive a suspicious email in your inbox, there’s no need to panic – however, there are a few things that you shouldn’t do.
As soon as you can, you should report it to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC for short).
The NCSC is a government organisation that provides advice and support for the public and private sector on how to avoid computer security threats.
They have the tools and ability to remove malicious sites and track down the criminals behind them.
.@OliverDowden welcomes the 1st anniversary of the National Cyber Security Strategy this month, and the huge progress made by the @NCSC in thwarting over 2 million cyber attacks in the last year. pic.twitter.com/P2936OLTSv
— Cabinet Office (@cabinetofficeuk) December 8, 2022
To report a phishing scam to the NCSC, simply forward the suspicious email (or a screenshot of it) to email@example.com.
Once the NCSC receives your email, agents will analyse the email, including who sent it, links it points to and any other reports of suspicious activity.
If the NCSC deems the email as malicious, it will:
Please note that you don’t need to report phishing emails that land in your junk/spam mailbox – only report phishing emails that come to your inbox.
You can also report phishing emails to most email providers, including Microsoft and Google.
To report a phishing scam to Microsoft, follow these steps:
We hope you’re now confident that you can report phishing scams and help keep your family, friends and colleagues safe from these dangerous attacks. Phishing is still a very common form of cybercrime, so it’s important that we all take steps to stay safe online by reporting suspicious emails as well as educating others about how to identify and report phishing scams when they see them.