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Gmail and PhishAlarm

PhishAlarm for Gmail

 Information Services added PhishAlarm to SCU email, to make it easier to report phishing messages.  

To report a potential phish using PhishAlarm:

  1. From your inbox, open the potential phishing message.
  2. Click on the PhishAlarm button on the right-side panel. The right-side panel may be hidden; you can show or hide the right-side panel by clicking on the arrow in the bottom right corner of your browser.
  3. Click on “REPORT PHISH” to confirm that you want to report the message. (If you don’t want to report the message, click on the ‘X’ to close PhishAlarm.)
  4. You will see a confirmation that your message was reported to the email security team.

Important: Clicking on PhishAlarm will not remove the message from your Gmail Inbox. Follow Google’s instructions to mark a message as spam or phishing.

When you click on PhishAlarm, the message and associated forensic information are sent to the email security team. With that information, the email security team can block similar messages to better protect the whole SCU community.

Spam messages are unsolicited commercial email messages. While spam messages are annoying, they are not malicious.

Phishing messages are malicious messages, designed to look like they come from a legitimate source. Phishing messages try to trick you into sharing personal information by asking you to follow a link to a fraudulent website, or to open an unexpected attachment. Phishing messages are often crafted to convey a sense of urgency, intended to scare you into responding quickly. More about phishing

Report phishing...not spam...using PhishAlarm

Check your message carefully before clicking on the PhishAlarm. Use PhishAlarm only for malicious phishing attempts. If a message in your Inbox is an unwanted marketing message, just follow Google’s instructions to report spam. Reporting spam this way enables Gmail to mark similar messages as spam automatically, so they won’t end up in your email inbox.