Report a Phishing Email with PhishAlarm

This article covers how faculty, staff, and students can report a phishing email using PhishAlarm in Outlook.

PhishAlarm is a tool that allows you to report a suspicious email with the click of a button in Outlook. The CSUF Security team will then be able to review the email to verify if it is a phishing email.

For more about how to spot a phishing email, view What is Spear Phishing and How do I Spot a Phishing Attack?

How do I report a phishing email?

I am using the Outlook desktop app

1. Click on the Report Phish button in the Message toolbar.

You can also right-click on an email in your message list to report as phishing without opening the email.

2. Click Report Phish to report the email. Or click Cancel to cancel the request.

Remember to use this feature for phishing emails, not regular spam messages.

report phish popup

3. Click Close and then close the email you reported (if open).

request submitted
I am using Outlook on the web

1. In the email, click on the three dots next to the message options.

2. Click on Report Phish in the list of message options.

message options list

3. Click Report Phish to report the email. Or click Cancel to cancel the request.

Remember to use this feature for phishing emails, not regular spam messages.

report phish screen

4. Click Close and then close the email you reported.

successful submission
I am using Outlook mobile on Apple iOS/iPad OS

1. In the email, tap on the three dots at the top right of the message.

email message

2. Tap Report Phish in the message options icons.

message actions

3. Tap Report Phish to report the email. Or tap Cancel to cancel the request.

Remember to use this feature for phishing emails, not regular spam messages.

report phish screen

4. Tap Close and then close the email you reported.

successful submission
I am using Outlook mobile on Android

1. In the email, tap on the three dots at the top right of the message.

message screen

2. Tap Report Phish in the message options icons.

message actions

3. Tap Report Phish to report the email. Or tap Cancel to cancel the request.

Remember to use this feature for phishing emails, not regular spam messages.

report phish screen

4. Tap Close and then close the email you reported.

successful submission

What happens after I report an email?

The CSUF Security team will review the email. Once the review is complete, you will receive an email indicating the outcome (e.g., the message was a phishing email, the email was valid, etc.).

Need More Help?

To learn more about phishing, view the chapter on Spear Phishing.

For more resources, view the Spear Phishing Help & Resources article.

 

Faculty/staff can contact the IT Help Desk at helpdesk@fullerton.edu or 657-278-7777 for additional assistance.

Students can contact the Student IT Help Desk at StudentITHelpDesk@fullerton.edu or 657-278-8888 for additional assistance.