This article explains the process for reporting junk or phishing emails to Microsoft. 


Reporting Phishing and Junk Emails to Microsoft from Outlook Online 


NOTE: Outlook Online here refers to the version of Microsoft Office that you access through your BYU-Idaho account. 


1. Log in to your BYU-Idaho account and click the Email tab.

2. Open the email you want to report to Microsoft. 

3. In the top-right corner of the email you would like to report, there will be a tiny envelope with an exclamation point on it. Click the envelope. 

4. From the drop-down menu that appears, click Phishing or Junk, depending on what type of email you want to report. 

5. A pop-up will appear asking if you really want to report the email. Click Report. The email will then be sent to Microsoft. 

 

Reporting Phishing and Junk Emails to Microsoft from the Outlook App 

NOTE: Outlook App here refers to the version of Microsoft Outlook that you can install and then access from your computer desktop. 

1. Open the Outlook App

2. Open the email you want to report to Microsoft.  

3. In the top-right corner of the Outlook screen, there will be an icon labeled Report Message. Click the icon. 

4. From the drop-down menu that appears, click Phishing or Junk, depending on what type of email you want to report. 

5. A pop-up will appear asking if you really want to report the email. Click Report. The email will then be sent to Microsoft.   

Catch a Phish What is Phishing? Phishing happens when someone uses technology to try and get another person’s information, usually with criminal intent such as identity theft and money thievery. These emails lure you in with attractive bait such as job offers or grand prizes, or use fear tactics such as threats and harassment, to convince you to give up information like Social Security or credit card numbers.   If a phishing email flops into your inbox, report it to BYU-Idaho by either calling the BYU-Idaho Support Center (BSC) at 208-496-1411, or by forwarding the email to phishing@byui.edu. This ensures that your coworkers don’t get snared by the email!  You can also delete the email, or report it to Microsoft. Instructions on reporting a phishing email to Microsoft are available in the “Email” section of the IT website. There are lots of Phish in the Sea So now you know what phishing is, and what to do if you encounter it...but now it's time to learn what kinds of phish are floundering around out there. Scary Phish Scares you with threats or harrassment. Virus Phish Snares your computer with a virus instead of trying to swim away with your information. Account Phish tells you your account is expeiring and you need to “log in” to keep it from being gutted. Greedy Phish Reels you in with fake offers for grand prizes or huge sums of money. Bill Phish Baits you by telling you that you have unpaid bills, then tries to steal your account information. Job Phish Hooks your attention with a fake job offer, then reels in your information. Spear Phish Takes his pole to specific ponds of people (for example, those with sensitive information or who are higher up in a company). Search Phish Swims around in search engine results instead of lurking beneath the surface of an email. Lost Phish Pretends to be a small fish in a big pond, looking for help. News Phish Hooks your attention with an “important news story.” The best way to avoid all these phish in the sea is to just be careful. Use common sense and be thoughtful with what you click to avoid getting hooked! For more information visit www.byui.edu/information-technology/security