Recognize and Report Phishing

Recognize and Report Phishing

Phishing attacks have become a prevalent issue for organizations of all sizes, and they can be challenging to detect. It’s vital for individuals to pause and consider before clicking on a link or opening an attachment and to learn how to identify warning signs. As trusted technology advisors, the guidance provided during Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023 equips individuals with the tools to recognize and report phishing attempts to your organization or email provider.


Phishing is a fraudulent practice where criminals attempt to trick you into opening harmful links or attachments that could steal personal information or infect your devices. Phishing messages, also known as “bait,” usually come in the form of an email, text message, direct message on social media, or phone call. These messages are designed to resemble legitimate communication from a trusted person or organization in order to get you to take action. The good news is that you can easily avoid the phish hook and keep your accounts secure!


  1. Recognize – Look for these common signs:
    • Urgent or alarming language
    • Requests to send personal and financial information
    • Poor writing, misspellings, or unusual language
    • Incorrect email addresses, domain names, or links (e.g.
  2. Report – If you suspect phishing, report the phish to protect yourself and others
    • Know your organization’s guidance for reporting phishing.
    • If your organization offers it, you may find options to report via the “report spam” button in your email toolbar or settings.
    • For personal email accounts, you may be able to report spam or phishing to your email provider by right-clicking on the message.
  3. Delete – Delete the message. Don’t reply or click on any attachment or links, even an “unsubscribe” link. JUST DELETE IT!

Cybersecurity is always evolving and has several elements involved, so it’s sometimes hard to know where to start. Here at Dove Communications, we are technology advisors and would be happy to provide a free network security assessment to ensure you and your team are educated on your options and are provided with managed services and tools for your present and future security needs.

Contact us today for more information, or to set up your free security assessment.

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