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Windows 7: What to do if you've responded to a phishing scam

06 Jan 2011   #1

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
What to do if you've responded to a phishing scam


If you suspect that you've responded to a phishing scam with personal or financial information, take these steps to minimize any damage.

Step 1: Report the incident

Contact the following authorities:
  • Your credit card company, if you have given your credit card information. The sooner an organization knows your account may have been compromised, the easier it will be for them to help protect you.
  • The company that you believe was forged. Remember to contact the organization directly, not through the e-mail message you received.
  • In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission. Report the circumstances to the FTC: National Resource for Identity Theft.

    You can also report the phishing scam to the Anti-Phishing Working Group and to the FTC at

    To report the scam to these groups:
    Create a new e-mail message addressed to them and attach the phishing e-mail message to the new message.

    Note: You can also copy the entire phishing e-mail message and paste it in the new message.
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