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University of Colorado Denver

How to Report a Suspected Phishing Message

If you receive a suspected Phishing email addressed to your university email address, please forward a sample of the message as an attachment to the university IT Services Security Team at​ with a subject line of "PHISHING".

The following instructions are for forwarding a message as an attachment using Outlook on a PC. Note that the first method works very well for selecting and forwarding multiple messages, while the second method works well for forwarding individual phishing and spam samples.

Method 1 - forwarding multiple messages: From your Outlook Inbox: Hold the control key down on your keyboard while you select (click) multiple sample messages from your Inbox (the control key allows you to select multiple items). Once you have the samples highlighted, RIGHT-click on one of the blue, highlighted messages and select "Forward Items" (by left-clicking "Forward Items"). The selected emails will be inserted into a new message, as attachments, which you can then forward to this Spam Admin address.

Method 2 - an alternate method that works particularly well for forwarding single messages. From your Outlook Inbox: open a new email in Outlook, go to the Insert menu, and select "Item..." and then the message or messages of concern.

You may also be interested in viewing:

Current University Phishing Advisories

How to determine if an email message is a phishing attack

Thank you,
University IT Services Security Team

University of Colorado Denver

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