Gmail Tip: Report Phishing

Got a Gmail account?*  Ever get those messages like "We here at Washinton Mutual/CitiBank/EBay/PayPal/etc have discovered a potential threat to your account security and need you to log in and reconfirm your information such as social security number"? And there’s a link that looks perfectly legitimate, except if you view source on the HTML message you realize all the text in the message including the link is an image which actually links to some server in the Ukraine? And the message was addressed to your junk@mydomain account instead of to the washingtonmutual@mydomain you listed on your checking account application? Or maybe it’s just as simple as the fact you don’t even have an account with that company which tips you off that this is not a legitimate request for your personal information.

Take a moment to slap these scam artists. In Gmail, while viewing the message, click "Show options", then click "Report phishing", then click the "Report spam" button. The message is now out of your hair and Google’s unblinking eye is turning towards the scumwads who deserve a little extra attention.

When they’re assholes trying to rip people off, it’s not snitching, it’s just giving natural selection a helping hand. Spamming and phishing are not socially acceptable behavior.

*If not, and you want one, email metagrrrl@ and I’ll send you an invite.

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Dinah from Kabalor

Author. Discardian. GM. Current project: creating an inclusive indie fantasy ttrpg

8 thoughts on “Gmail Tip: Report Phishing”

  1. Thanks, knew i’d seen the option somewhere, but its not always easy to find with rapidly evolving Web 2.0 . First time i’d been phished, and it was really vague, just playing the part of a forlorn asylum seeker who needed help with real estate investment šŸ™‚ got to smile.


  2. Correction though, its “more options” not “show options” now. Just realising how horrendously out of date I am šŸ˜›


  3. I don’t see the “Show options” button anymore. You can still report phishing by opening the message and clicking the down-pointing arrow next to the reply button–report phishing shows up as an option.


  4. I don’t think the “phishing” option exsists anymore on gmail, at this time; all I see now is “report spam.”
    By the way, nice to see you again Dinah! šŸ˜€ I found your beautiful Discardia blog a couple of weeks ago when I was cleaning out my closet, and now I run into you again as I was looking for ways to notify Google about these phishing scumbags.
    You know, I really like your style! You now have one more virtual friend šŸ˜€


  5. Hi, thanks!
    They still have the Report Phishing feature, it’s just less obvious; you’ll find it under the little arrow next to the Reply link in the upper right of a message.


  6. Pleas do something about this phishing. also please make it easier to report phishing. I had to search and wade through alot of useless information.
    From Foundation De france Thu Dec 13 11:08:31 2007
    Authentication-Results:; domainkeys=neutral (no sig)
    Received: from (EHLO (
    by with SMTP; Thu, 13 Dec 2007 11:54:38 -0800
    Received: from ( [])
    by (CLEAR Net Mail)
    with ESMTP id ; Fri,
    14 Dec 2007 08:08:38 +1300 (NZDT)
    Received: by (Postfix, from userid 30) id 41666BA2; Fri,
    14 Dec 2007 08:08:31 +1300 (NZDT)
    Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 08:08:31 +1300 (NZDT)
    From: Foundation De france
    Subject: Grant Award
    MIME-version: 1.0
    Content-type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
    Content-transfer-encoding: 8bit
    User-Agent: IMP/PHP IMAP webmail program 2.2.7
    Content-Length: 818
    —– Forwarded Message —-
    From: Foundation De france
    Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2007 1:08:31 PM
    Subject: Grant Award
    16 Rue Lantern, Lyon 69001, France.
    The Foundation de France (FDF) would like to notify you that you have
    been chosen by the board of trustees as one of the final recipients of a cash
    We are giving out a yearly donation of US$700,000.00
    (Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) to each 100 lucky
    Please note that these are strictly administered by
    the EU, ECOWAS, and UNO. You are by all means hereby advised to keep
    this whole information confidential until you have been able to collect
    your grant as there have been many cases of double and unqualified
    claim, due to beneficiaries informing third parties about his/her
    Executive Sec. Martino Smith
    Rick Kasnick.


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