Spoofing is a fraudulent or malicious practice in which communication is sent from an unknown source disguised as a source known to the receiver.What is Email Spoofing?

Email spoofing, also known as “spear phishing”, is one of the best known spoofs. Spoofed emails may request personal account information and appear to be from a known sender. Additionally, the spoofed email may request the recipient to purchase a gift card that the known sender will “surely REIMBURSE you for,” then have the recipient email the gift card information to the attacker (spoofer/spear phisher).What should you do?

Similar to a Phishing attack, when you receive a spoofed email, contact the sender via phone or face-to-face and check that the email is legitimate. Do NOT reply to the spoofed email.Report spoofing/spear phishing to Google

If you receive a spoofed email, follow these steps:

  1. Open the email, but do NOT click on any of the links
  2. Click the three vertical dots next to the Reply arrow in the top-right corner of the message pane
  3. Select Report phishing

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