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We all know cybercrime is a major problem, as our email inboxes are constantly filling up with phishing links, scams and frauds of every description, and we just live with it. Some are obvious, while some are practically indistinguishable from the genuine email correspondence, except for one thing, the hyperlink they contain has to be fake. If it is a scam, there is normally an email address for you to reply to, in order for the scam to work. If these hyperlinks or email addresses rely on public online services or are being shared via social media, we can do something about them, we can report them.

If we report the fraudulent links and email addresses to the online services and companies that the cyber criminals are using, the quicker they get flagged and blocked, saving other individuals and companies from being potential victims, as thousands of emails could be still be unread at any given time. Without the active links and email addresses to reply to, the emails and social media posts are harmless. So, if you feel confident enough to and can spare a bit of time, use these links to report misuse and criminal activity to the appropriate service and start fighting back.

Report email misuse for Outlook.com and Hotmail: [email protected]
Report phishing on Apple services: [email protected]
Report misuse of Bit.ly links: [email protected]
Reporting a possible scam in LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/ask/TS-RPS
Report fraudulent DocuSign attachments: [email protected]
Report fraud in Quora posts: [email protected]
UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_phishing
To report phishing in Google Mail, open the email and select ‘Report phishing’ from the drop-down menu.

PS – Please be very careful when reporting hyperlinks though, in case you accidently visit them, as they may be hosting exploit kits!

For more information on information security, keep checking this blog.

About the Author:

Nick Ioannou is an IT professional, blogger, author and public speaker on cloud and security issues, with over 20 years’ corporate experience, including 15 years using cloud/hosted software as a service (SaaS) systems.

He started blogging in 2012 on free IT resources (http://nick-ioannou.com) currently with over 400+ posts. Author of Internet Security Fundamentals, contributing author of two Managing Cybersecurity Risk and the recently published Conquer The Web.

More free security advice and resources and information on how to contact Nick can be found at www.booleanlogical.com