Email Scams

'Phishing' or 'Spoofing' and How to Report Phishing

Phishing (pronounced “fishing”) is a scam to steal valuable information such as credit card and Social Security numbers, user IDs, and passwords. In phishing, also known as “brand spoofing,” an official-looking Email is sent to potential victims pretending to be from their ISP, credit union, bank, or retail establishment. Emails can be sent to people on selected lists or on any list, and the scammers expect some percentage or recipients will actually have an account with the real organization.

What is 'Spoofing'?

Pretending to be something it is not, whether an email, website, etc…

We suggest reporting "phishing" or "spoofed" emails to the following groups:

  • Forward the email to
  • Forward the email to the Federal Trade Commission at
  • Forward the email to the "abuse" email address at the company that is being spoofed (e.g. "")
  • When forwarding spoofed messages, always include the entire original email with its original header information intact
  • Notify the Internet Fraud Complaint Center of the FBI by filing a complaint on their website: