Spam Email on campus

Every day the Belmont email system blocks literally thousands of spam messages.  However, some still get through even with the filters that are set up.    The spam email below has a number of characteristics that are troubling.   For example, smart spammers will use official logos and familiar names in their email to legitimize the fraud.   The links will usually go to an email form on a server that is hidden where they want you to type in your information.

The links look legit.  The person looks legit (kinda).   The spammer uses the Microsoft logo and even says copyright, but none of this is correct. Their goal is to lead you to click a link and enter your personal information.  When you get a spam email we can help Microsoft block these by submitting them to Microsoft directly as spam.  That way they can improve their spam filter to reduce the effectiveness of these crooks.

To submit a spam email to Microsoft you can do the following…

In your email, whether you’re using Outlook or logged into your email on the web:

1 Create a new blank email message.

2 Drag and drop the spam email into the body of the new email to add it as an attachment.

3 Copy and paste the original spam message Subject Line into the new message Subject line.

4 Do not add anything to the body.

5 Send your new message to abuse@messaging.microsoft.com

===SPAM EMAIL EXAMPLE ===

From: Marilyn Plummer <not a real person>
Date: August 31, 2015 at 12:54:25 PM CDT
To: Marilyn Plummer MPlummer@hyyy.mi.gov
Subject: To all Faculty and Staff

 

To all Faculty and Staff,

Our system upgrade to 100 GB inbox space has been completed.

Your emails won’t be delivered by our server, unless email account is confirmed.

Visit our  Faculty/Staff E-mail confirmation portal  to confirm details of your user account.

Note that, password shouldn’t be change once email account has been confirmed.

Improving and protecting your email account is our primary concern.

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