Reporting internet scams can be tiring, time consuming and frustrating, especially when one tries to report phishing scams committed by way of a fake email, link or a web page, without proper information and comprehension of the nature and magnitude of the cybercrime. Here’s how a person can proceed to report phishing scams on time and hope to mitigate damages:
- Time is the essence to report phishing scams
One common mistake committed by victims of internet scams is to use the option to report scams as a last resort. The advantage that works in favor of scammers is the clever usage of names of reputed companies and websites, so that the unsuspicious reader fake emails seldom fish a phishing scam. Even the most informed of scam victims, waste precious time in various impulsive actions before they proceed to report phishing scam.
- Approach the company or bank whose name has been misused
Usually, names of big and established companies, MNCs, banks and financial institutions are misused by scammers who send fake emails. In addition to this social media network companies like Facebook and Twitter, to mention a few are also misused by scammers to send phishing mails. Phishing mails are also largely sent under the guise of employment or business offers from reputed companies, so that victims can be squeezed to pay registration fees or a caution deposit, only to be cheated by fraudsters. All major banks as well as IT majors have a fraud reporting departments that takes cognizance of phishing complaints and take immediate action against the identity theft and fraud.
- Report phishing scams to email service providers
Phishing mails need not always allegedly originate from major commercial establishments, but also be made to hit the inboxes in the form of fake emails from reputed email providers like Yahoo, Hotmail etc. Each of these entities also has a vigilance wing or an anti-phishing department, where phishing mails with proof can be reported, for prompt relief.
- Report phishing scams in emails sent with hyperlinks
In many cases, emails with malicious links are sent to internet users. They might be in the form regular KYC mails sent from banks, companies etc. and might be conspired by scammers with the intention of thieving personal details. In other cases, people also report phishing scams where clicking on these links will lead to download of malicious files with viruses that can hack PCs. Where proper data encryption technology has not been used, it becomes all the more important to report phishing scams immediately to the internet service providers. For example Google has a platform to report phishing links that lands people on look-alike web pages of reputed companies.
- Lodging a formal complaint with cyber police
Every country is equipped with appropriate legal machinery in the form of special cybercrime cells and intelligence bureaus. With the help of cyber police, Government provides 24 x 7 assistance and flexibility for people to report phishing scams.
Ranging from a most unassuming bullying prank to a full-fledged financial scandal, the failure to report phishing scams may land the victim in a mess.