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Is it Phishing or Is It Legit?

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Did you know that OIT has a webpage listing recent Email Scams known to the University? As you report suspicious email to OIT Abuse at abuse@utk.edu, OIT lists the known scams. Next time you received an email and you questions it’s validity, check the Recent Email Scam page first. If you don’t see it listed, then report it to OIT.

Link to the OIT’s System Status Center: Recent Email Scam Page

How to Report Phishing Attempts

If you think an email you have received is a phishing attempt, forward the message to OIT Abuse. Remember that you must send the email headers for a report to be made.

In Outlook, to forward a suspected email message you have received you must first display the full headers, and then insert them into the body of an email message.

  • Open the email message for which you want to view the headers. In Outlook 2016, 2013, or Outlook Web Access (OWA), double-click the message so that it opens in its own window.
  • In Outlook 2016 or 2013, select the File tab. Click the Properties button. To the right of Internet headers, the header information will be listed.
    • If using Outlook Web Access, go to the three dots in the top-right corner of the message, then click the Message Details button – the icon is an envelope with a small document over it.
  • The message headers are at the bottom of the window, in a box labeled Headers: or Internet headers:
  • Select all the headers by clicking and dragging the cursor from the top left corner to the bottom right corner of the header text.
  • Press Ctrl-c to copy the headers to the Clipboard. Click the Close button.
  • Choose to forward the email, click in its main text window, and press Ctrl-v to paste the headers, sending the entire message and headers to OIT Abuse.

Download a pdf copy of How to Report Phishing Attempts