Gmail Now Alerts Origin of Messages to Help Protect from Scams

Phishing messages are a form of spam that attempt to deceive recipients in order to gain access to their personal information. Starting today, Gmail will "automatically display more information about the origin of certain messages you receive", so you can be better informed and protect yourself from getting tricked. If someone fakes a message from […]

Phishing messages are a form of spam that attempt to deceive recipients in order to gain access to their personal information. Starting today, Gmail will "automatically display more information about the origin of certain messages you receive", so you can be better informed and protect yourself from getting tricked. If someone fakes a message from a sender that you trust, like your bank, you can more easily see that the message is not really from where it says it's from," informs google.

Whenever you receive a message from someone who isn't already in your Gmail contacts, the header will now show the sender's email address like this:

Websites sometimes send emails on behalf of someone, like when your friend Mike sends you an article from abc.com using one of the site's "Share this story" links. Gmail will now show this information more prominently:

"Gmail will also automatically detect suspicious messages and display a warning when it looks like someone may have spoofed a Gmail address (we do this by evaluating the message's authentication data)," google said.

"If you determine that an email is a phishing attempt, please let us know by reporting it (you can always do this by clicking the down arrow next to "Reply" at the top-right of the message and selecting "Report phishing")," added google.

[Source:Gmail blog]