How to identify and report email scams in Gmail, Outlook

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How to spot and report email scams in Gmail, Outlook



Dozens of Gmail users in Russia have recently faced state-sponsored phishing campaigns. According to A. Sleeping computer The report said the campaign was seen in late September and was ‘a larger-than-usual batch of government-backed attack notifications’ that Google sends to targeted users each month. Shane Huntley, head of TAG (Threat Analysis Group), Google’s cybersecurity division, said at the time that 100% was ‘automatically classified as spam and blocked by Gmail.’ However, email scams have been around for a long time and hackers have been updating their tactics to make it harder for ordinary people to protect themselves against phishing scams and identity theft.

Surprisingly, even big fish like Outlook are not exempt from such deceptive activity. According to A. Which one? Conversation Search, email scam-influenced Gmail and Outlook fraudsters deceive users by sending disguised phishing links to supermarkets. This phishing email, coated with official-looking branding, tricks users into clicking on the link. Although these fake emails tag profitable gifts or promo rewards, email recipients need to participate in a brief survey to get a “non-existent gift card” that leads to money and personal data scams. While it’s not easy to prevent these spammers from flooding your mailbox overnight, there are some simple steps you can take to avoid fraud.

How to avoid email scams in Gmail, Outlook, etc.

Use the spam filtering tools provided by your email service. If somehow spam messages go through the filter, you can still mark them as spam

-It is always advisable not to reveal your personal email address on websites as spammers are actively monitoring for email IDs on a public website.

-Review privacy policies and opt-out of mailing lists, and before submitting your email address to a website, check their privacy policy if they allow sharing of information with third parties.

-If an unknown link pops up in your mailbox, it’s best to delete it directly.

-Avoid taking part in unknown surveys and especially do not provide certificate of email ID and password.

Be careful when opening an email attachment, even from a coworker or friend.

How to report scams online
You can open your email account then open the spam message, click on reply and then click on report phishing and then click on send option.

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