How do I report suspicious email via Office 365 Outlook?

How do I report suspicious email via Office 365 Outlook?

Aimed at:  Edinburgh Napier’s staff & students

To report suspicious email messages via Office 365 Outlook

  • From your inbox highlight the message and click on the 3 dots at the top right of the message:

            Report Message in Office 365

  • When you click on the ellipsis button, Report Message will display as sub-menu item - it can be found at the bottom of the list as shown below:

            Report Junk image

  •  Select the category of suspicious email (i.e. spam, phishing - see further information below): 
    •  Spam email:  Spam / junk email messages are messages that you don't want to receive that may be advertising products you don't use or find offensive. If you choose the Junk option, a copy of the message may be sent to Microsoft to help update their spam filters, and the message will be moved from your Inbox to your Junk Email folder.
    • Phishing emails:  Phishing is the practice of luring you into disclosing personal information, such as bank account numbers and passwords. Often phishing messages look legitimate, but have deceptive links that actually open fake websites. If you select Phishing, a copy of your message may be sent to Microsoft to help update their filters, and the message will be moved from your Inbox to your Junk Email folder.
    • Legitimate emails:  If you know the sender and you're expecting the message, or if you receive a message that's mistakenly marked as junk, you can use the Report Message add-in to mark the message as Not Junk. This will move the message from the Junk Email folder back to your Inbox.
  • Confirm your selection.

 

Changing the Options

You have the option to send the message to Microsoft - if you do send the message to Microsoft, then the entire email will be sent to them for analysis. 

By allowing the messages to be reported, the suspicious email will be sent to Microsoft to keep their junk mail filters updated which in turn will reduce the impact of junk, spam and phishing emails to all our inboxes.

To change the Options:

  • From the Report Message menu choose Options:

            Options image

           The following screen will appear:

          Report Message Options

  • Choose your preferred option (further information is below) and click Save

Once this setting is set and saved, then you do not need to do it again, this will now be your default setting (you can go back into Options and change it).

 

If you update the Options to choose to send a report to Microsoft:

  • On clicking the Report as Phishing/Junk option, you will be asked to confirm that you wish to report this email message to Microsoft - choose "Report" or "Don't Report" as preferred. 

 

             Report as Phishing image    Report as Spam image

  • For Spam messages – the message will be moved to the “Junk” folder.     
  • For Phishing messages -the message will then be moved to the “Deleted Items” folder. 

If you update the Options to choose NOT to send a report to Microsoft:

  • When clicking on a message and classifying it as spam or phishing, the message will not be sent to Microsoft.
  • The message will be moved to your junk folder (if Spam is selected) or the deleted items folder (if Phishing is selected).

 

 

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