A phishing attack happens when someone tries to trick you into sharing personal information online.
What phishing is
Phishing is typically done through email, ads, or by sites that look similar to sites you already use. For example, you might get an email that looks like it’s from your bank asking you to confirm your bank account number.
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Information phishing sites may ask for
- Usernames and passwords
- Medicare details
- Bank account numbers
- PINs (Personal Identification Numbers)
- Credit card numbers
- Your mother’s maiden name
- Your birthday
- Your phone number
Report phishing sites
Report phishing sites you found on the web
If you think you found a phishing site, reporting the phishing page.
Report sites that use the Google trademark
If you think a site is using the Google trademark or logo inappropriately, report the trademark violation. For example, you might find a non-Google site with a Google or Gmail logo on the page.
Report a phishing site that showed up in your Google Search ads
If a phishing site showed up as a sponsored link on your search results page, report the site by contacting AdWords.
Report a site or email address that pretended to be Google
Learn how to avoid and report Google scams.
File a government complaint against a phishing site
Learn how to file a government complaint about a suspicious site.
Avoid phishing attacks
Be careful anytime you receive a message from a site asking for personal information. If you get this type of message, don’t provide the information requested without confirming that the site is legitimate. If possible, open the site in another window instead of clicking the link in your email.
Google will never send unsolicited messages asking for your password or other personal information.
More ways to protect yourself from phishing
The above information is mostly sourced from Google.