Phishing e-mails are those that pretend to be from financial or other trusted institutions but actually contain links to fake sites that try to steal your personal information. Others take the form of impersonating existing staff of a company and sending emails to other staff members to undertake financial transactions.
Here’s an actual phishing email sent to me. The email is pretending to be from my email service provider and has links designed to collect information.
Here are two main ways to report phishing (fake) emails to Google.
A. From within Gmail or G Suite account.
1. Select the fraudulent e-mail.
2. Click on the downward pointing arrow to the right of the “Reply” button on your toolbar in order to open a drop-down menu.
3. Select the “Report phishing” option from the drop-down menu by right-clicking. A small dialogue box will open automatically after you select this option.
4. Confirm that you want to report the message by clicking the “Report Phishing Message” button at the bottom of the pop-up dialogue box.
B. Report to Google.
- Fill out the form found here (Note that you can only use this form to submit fake gmail addresses)
- Note you will need the email header as part of filling out the form.
- Click on the downward pointing arrow to the right of the “Reply” button on your toolbar in order to open a drop-down menu.
3. Select the “Show Original” option from the drop-down menu by right-clicking.
4. Copy the ‘strange’ looking text beneath the table at the top.