How to Email Microsoft to Report Spam E-mail

by Rebecca Mecomber

Spam and phishing e-mails are problems. They clog up inboxes and can be infected with malicious code that can harvest personal information (phishing e-mails) and wreak havoc on computer systems (virus and trojan e-mails). Many businesses and Internet service providers provide contact forms or e-mail addresses to report spam. Microsoft maintains an updated list of scammers and spammers. Microsoft offers a web-based feedback system for reporting spam and phishing e-mails; or you can e-mail the company directly.

Check to see if the e-mail program you use has an automatic spam reporter. Some web-mail applications and e-mail programs have a built-in system for checking and marking mail as spam. Look under "Help" in the menu bar.

In Microsoft's Windows Live web-based e-mail client, click the box next to the malicious e-mail to place a check mark in it. In the menu above, click "Mark as." Select "Phishing Scam" in the menu.

E-mail Microsoft at abuse@msn.com to report suspicious or malicious e-mail.

Warning

  • close Never click on links in spam. Never submit your personal information if an email directs you to a website.

About the Author

Rebecca Mecomber, a former radio broadcaster, has been a professional blogger and writer since 2006. Her articles and interviews have appeared in "The Wall Street Journal," Salon.com and several other publications, covering topics such as Federal Trade Commission policy and media regulations, blogging, home improvement and New York travel.