It is easy to report a scam email if you know who and where to send your report to. One of the primary reasons why most people fail to report a scam is because they are not aware how to do it. Without practical knowhow, people tend to simply brush these issues away and just move on with their routine. Not until they become a victim of the scam, will they only take the time to learn about these things.

Before you report a scam email, you must first know how to properly identify one. To give you an idea on what to look out for, here is a list of the most commonly used forms of email scams:

  • Phishing Emails

This form of email scam is commonly used by cyber criminals to gain access to your financial details. The sender of the email often assumes the identity of an authorized bank representative. The letter looks well-formatted and is written in a formal tone. The letter usually entails a sense of urgency requiring you to update your bank login details by using the link that they provided.

The link provided in the email will automatically direct you to a clone site. This site looks similar to the legit bank site, bearing URL that is also almost similar to that of the bank.  Scammers use this tactic so you’ll willingly provide your details. The scammers will then use your details to take all the money from your account. Before you even know it, all the money in your account has already been electronically wired to an unknown account.

  • Lottery Emails

This form of email scam feeds on the desire of the victim to get rich in an instant. The email starts by congratulating you for winning first prize in a lottery draw held overseas. The email contains instructions on how you can claim your prize. The instructions may include placing a phone call or providing sensitive information, such as IDs and bank account details which will be used to determine your identity and send your winnings.

The scamming begins once you make contact or communicate  your interest to claim your winnings. The scammer will start asking you to pay up some fees before they can send your prize. They’ll use taxes, bank fees, processing fees and more so they can keep asking you for money. Once you start suspecting all forms of communication will stop altogether, leaving you with nothing but losses.

These two forms are just some of the most commonly used email scams. There are more out there so make sure you do your homework and get acquainted with other forms of email scams.

Now that you know how to spot a scam email you can finally start to report a scam. The first thing you can do when you see an email scam is to notify the ISP or Internet Service Provider that was utilized by the scammer to send out the malicious email.

The next step that you can take to report a scam email is contact the email service provider, such as Yahoo! Mail, Gmail and Hotmail.  For scam emails using Gmail account, click on the “Report Spam” button. For Hotmail, click on the “Report Phishing” button. For email scams using Yahoo! Mail you may send the details of your complaint along with a copy of the scam email through abuse@yahoo.com.

You may also report a scam by contacting the company being used or misrepresented by the scammer. This way the involved institution can send out a disclaimer regarding the circulating malicious email. By doing so, they can keep their clients on alert so they don’t fall victim to the scam.

The details provided above are some of the most effective means to report a scam email. Remember that when you report a scam to proper authorities, you also put a stop to it which gives you the chance to save thousands of potential victims from incurring unnecessary losses.

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