You probably get half a dozen dodgy emails every day. It’s so easy to accidentally click the wrong thing – even if you can see that it’s a scam. Here’s how to report phishing attempts – and help to protect other people from being affected.
How to Report Phishing
Add this email address to your address book: firstname.lastname@example.org
And here’s a number to add to your phone contacts: 7726.
Each time you get a suspicious message, forward it. The more examples which they receive of any given scam, the more difficult it becomes for the scam to continue.
What happens when you Report Phishing?
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) will analyse the suspect email and any websites it links to. They’ll use any additional information you’ve provided to look for and monitor suspicious activity.
If they discover activity that they believe is malicious, they may:
- seek to block the address the email came from, so it can no longer send emails
- work with hosting companies to remove links to malicious websites
- raise awareness of commonly reported suspicious emails and methods used (via partners)
Texts forwarded to the free-of-charge short code enables your provider to investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious.
Been a Victim of Fraud or Cybercrime?
Think you may have been the victim of fraud or cybercrime? Have you incurred a financial loss or been hacked as a result of responding to a phishing message. You should always report this to Action Fraud
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