Report a Spam/Phishing Message

What is a spam message? 

Spam mail, also known as junk mail, is unsolicited email messages sent in bulk. Spam/junk mail is often commercial in nature. 

What is a phishing message? 

A phish is an email message that attempts to steal user information such as usernames, passwords, and financial data. Phishing messages appear to come from a trustworthy source and often include links and/or attachments. 

Click with Caution

If you receive any unexpected or suspicious email messages that contain links or attachments, do not click on the links or open the attachments. Instead, report the email to the Information Security Office. 

How can I report a suspicious email?

If you receive a message via email that seems suspicious, report it to the Information Security Office by following the steps below: 

  1. View full message headers. These headers will provide technical information about the message such as who created it and how it made its way to the recipients. 
  2. Forward a copy of the message including a copy of the full headers to
  3. If you suspect the message is a phish, please also call the ITS Help Desk at 203-432-9000 so the message can be more quickly blocked.