if you get one that looks to be from MSN go to http://safety.msn.com/phishing/ for more information.
I have a number of addresses you can use to report phishing attempts.
- Antiphishing.org - email@example.com
- EBAY.com - firstname.lastname@example.org
- MSN.COM - email@example.com
- Paypal.com - firstname.lastname@example.org
- phonebusters.com - email@example.com
What are the warning signs ->
- Requests for personal information. Most of the messages are asking you to rekey in personal information.
- Alarmist. They will try to panic you into replying so that you don't lose your account.
- Spelling & Grammar. Many times there are obvious spelling and grammatical errors. Unfortunately the scammers are learning.
- Mis-spelled sites. Small changes in site names. Example yah00 instead of yahoo. See if you can easily see the differences in the two names.
- The link says one thing but when you move the mouse over the link the site name does not match or is a series of numbers (ie. yahoo.com vs 127.0.0.1).
- If it sounds too good to be true. Trust your feelings, paranoia is a good thing today.