Forwarding Suspect Messages

If you have received an email you suspect may be virus or malware-related, the safest, and easiest thing to do is simply delete it.

If the message you received is of an abusive nature (phishing, stalking, harassing, or compromised machine notice), you may forward the message, including headers, to abuse@wmich.edu. Please do not forward spam messages to this email address, they should simply be deleted. Note that if your attempt to forward the message is rejected by the email system, its a good thing. That means that the email system is doing its job and is already quarantining any future receipts of that message.

Please visit the Spam, Phishing and Abuse Web page to learn more about the different types of unsolicited email messages. Also see the Phishing website for recent phishing attempts.

To forward the message, including headers:

Webmail Plus

  • Select the message you wish to forward and click the Forward icon.
  • Select Options and choose Include original as attachment.
  • The forwarded message will now show as attachment.
  • You may now send it to abuse@wmich.edu

Apple Mail

With the message you wish to forward open:

  • Click View
  • Select Message
  • Click All Headers
  • Forward the message to abuse@wmich.edu

Entourage X

With the message you wish to forward open:

  • Select the View menu
  • Click Internet Headers
  • Click the small horizontal line below the header and pull it down so the entire header is visible
  • Copy the entire header
  • Paste it into a new message
  • Send to abuse@wmich.edu

Mozilla Mail

With the message you wish to forward open:

  • Select View
  • Select Headers
  • Click All
  • Forward the message to abuse@wmich.edu

Outlook Express

With the message you wish to forward open:

  • Go to the File menu and select Properties
  • Click the Details tab to view the header
  • Right-click in the Internet Headers box and choose Copy
  • Paste the text in a new message and send to abuse@wmich.edu

Outlook 2003

With the message you wish to forward open:

  • Click the View tab and select Options
  • Right-click in the Internet Headers box and select All
  • Right-click in the box again and choose Copy
  • Paste the text in a new message and send to abuse@wmich.edu

Outlook 2007

With the message you wish to forward open:

  • Click the View tab and select Options
  • Right-click in the Internet Headers box and select All
  • Right-click in the box again and choose Copy
  • Paste the text in a new message and send to abuse@wmich.edu

Thunderbird

With the message you wish to forward open:

  • Click View
  • Select Headers
  • Select All
  • Forward the message to abuse@wmich.edu