How do I report a phishing or suspicious email?
If you believe you are the victim of a phishing attempt, you should take the following steps:
- Contact your bank immediately and alert it to the situation. Let them know if the phishing attempt resembled official bank correspondence.
- If you have disclosed sensitive information in a phishing attack, you should also contact one of the three major credit reporting agencies and discuss whether you need to place a fraud alert on your file, which will help prevent thieves from opening a new account in your name. Here is the contact information for each credit reporting agency's fraud division:
P.O. Box 740250
Atlanta, GA 30374
P.O. Box 1017
Allen, TX 75013
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92634
- Report all suspicious contacts to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), or by calling (877) IDTHEFT.
- Contact your local law enforcement or Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Office.
- Report internet phishing to the Anti-Phishing Working Group.
- Report spam, attempts to fraudulently obtain money or valuables, and other criminal activity using the internet, to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
Learn more on the Report a Fraud/Scam page.
Last Reviewed: October 2020
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