How to Check for Email Forwarding
Email forwarding is used to direct incoming messages to another email address. While this can be done by you for personal use, it can also be done by a third party with malicious intent. When an email account has been compromised, a hacker will set up a forward on the account. This forward will send your email to the hacker's email account.
- When your account has been compromised, you should check your account to see if an unwanted forward was created.
- You can learn how to redirect your student email to a different address in our article: Redirect UC San Diego Student Email To Another Address
- If your account has an unwanted forward, email firstname.lastname@example.org describing what you found and then follow the steps below to remove the forward.
Steps to Take
Redirection of your campus email@example.com email alias
- Go to the Email Redirect Tool (Note: login is required and you must also be connected to the VPN if you are off campus to load this link).
- Confirm that the address listed after Mailbox: is your own address.
- If the address is incorrect, type in your correct email address and click Update.
- Log-in to your student Gmail account and click the gear icon at the top-right corner.
- Click See all settings.
- Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
- Check the Forwarding: section for any unwanted entries.
- Remove the entry entirely, or change it to a correct address if you had forwarding set up previously.
- Connect to your email using Outlook Web Access (OWA) at mail.ucsd.edu.
- Check your signature line for information and links that are not yours.
- Check your OWA rules for actions that you do not recognize. These are often used to filter messages or forward to the hacker's account.
- Remove any entries that are incorrect.