How to Handle Suspicious Email

  • Please forward any suspicious emails you receive to: abuse@messaging.microsoft.com

    Use caution when opening any email attachments and clicking on links within email messages. Office 365 (our email system) automatically blocks known dangerous file types.  However, virus writers often find new techniques to spread malicious software. Emails are a primary source of virus infection. Even an email from someone you know can contain an attached file that is disguised as a document, or photo, but is actually a virus.  Deceptive links in email messages are often used as part of phishing and spyware scams, but they can also be used to transmit viruses.  Clicking a deceptive link can take you to a webpage that attempts to download malicious software onto your computer.

    By being careful about opening file attachments and clicking links in messages, you should be able to avoid infecting your computer with a virus from malicious email. 

    TL;DR Remember that no SPAM filter will catch everything, especially when there are no suspicious words or phrases in the message.  Don’t know who sent you an attachment?  Don’t open it.