g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Romance Movies
Family Travel

All times in EST

Low Carb: 8:00 PM

Full Schedule
g Crime Site

BellaOnline's Crime Editor


How to Handle Phishing Scam Emails

Guest Author - Donna Johnson

Now that we have gone over what phishing emails are and how to identify them, you are left with the issue of what to do with them. Scam emails can be handled in a number of different ways.

First of all, never reply to the email, whether via a return email, snail mail, telephone or any other means of communication. This only serves to further engage the phisher and at best, you will never get rid of him. At worst, he may be able to glean enough personal information from you over time to steal your identity without you realizing it. If you do not wish to report the email to anyone, simply delete it.

Many companies, such as PayPal, have an email address to which you can forward a suspected spoof email, with headers. A search of the company’s contact information page should reveal this email address. Many websites use “spoof@companyname.com” for reporting phishing attempts carried out using their information. Typically, the company will also email you back after investigation and confirm whether the email you received was in fact a scam.

You can also report the scam email to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) in the U.S. This organization, which works with the FBI, takes complaints from people who have actually had their identities or money stolen. You may also file a complaint if you did not turn over information or money to the scammer, as it was still an attempted crime.

If you are tech-savvy, you can determine the ISP from which the email originated and report it to them. The ISP may shut down the scammer’s email account, which will not stop them altogether but will give them one less email address with which to scam. Before taking this step, you should make sure you do not recognize the originating email address. If you do, it is possible that the true owner of the address was hacked and his or her address book used to send out fraudulent emails. Contact the owner and advise him or her of the situation so that the email account’s password can be changed.

If you or someone you know has fallen prey to a phishing scam, do not delay in restricting access to your name. Immediately change passwords for your email and all websites with which you do business, especially sites that have access to your banking or credit card information. Place a fraud alert on each of the three major credit reporting bureaus, so that the scammer cannot open new lines of credit in your name. Finally, lodge a complaint with the IC3.

Click the links below for parts one and two of this series!
This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add How+to+Handle+Phishing+Scam+Emails to Twitter Add How+to+Handle+Phishing+Scam+Emails to Facebook Add How+to+Handle+Phishing+Scam+Emails to MySpace Add How+to+Handle+Phishing+Scam+Emails to Del.icio.us Digg How+to+Handle+Phishing+Scam+Emails Add How+to+Handle+Phishing+Scam+Emails to Yahoo My Web Add How+to+Handle+Phishing+Scam+Emails to Google Bookmarks Add How+to+Handle+Phishing+Scam+Emails to Stumbleupon Add How+to+Handle+Phishing+Scam+Emails to Reddit

Phishing Emails - What are They?
How to Spot Phishing Scam Emails
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Crime Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2014 by Donna Johnson. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Donna Johnson. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.


g features
Famous Crime Deaths 2013 January - June

Aileen Wuornos - Trial and Aftermath

The Chowchilla Kidnapping - Arrest and Aftermath

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Less than Monthly

BellaOnline on Facebook

| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor