Report a Phishing Attempt

Operating System: All

Applies To: UB students, faculty, staff, alumni, retirees and volunteers

Last Updated: March 25, 2018

Reporting a phishing attempt will help UB to stop future attempts and help to keep you safe.

What is phishing?

Phishing refers to an attack that uses email to trick or fool you into taking an action, such as clicking on a link or opening an attachment and then subsequently asks for the user provide a set of login credentials or some other sort of restricted data.

Phishing should not be confused with spam.  Spam involves irrelevant or unsolicited e-mail messages typically sent to a large number of people for the purposes of advertising. It is often from someone you do not know or is sent anonymously. Learn how to report messages to help eliminate spam on UB servers.  

What do we need from you?

  1. Follow the appropriate instructions below to first display the message headers.
    • Gmail: Click the down-arrow in the top-right corner of the message. Click the Show original link toward the bottom of the options box. The message will open in a separate window with the full message headers starting after the word Received
    • Microsoft Outlook for Windows: Double-click the message to open it in a new window. Select the File tab, and then click Properties. The data is next to Internet headers.
    • Outlook Web App (OWA): Double-click the message to open it. Click the options icon (three dots near the top right), and then click View Message Details.
    • Outlook for Mac OS X: In your Inbox (or other folder), right-click or control-click the message, and then select View Source.
    • Thunderbird (Windows, Mac OS X): Click View, select Headers, and then choose All.
    • Mail (Mac OS X): With the message selected, from the View menu, select Message, and then select either All Headers or Long Headers.
  2. Select and copy the header information.
  3. Return to the email message.
  4. Click Forward and enter into the To: field.
  5. Paste the header information (obtained from above) into the top of the forwarded message.
  6. Click Send.

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