How are these phish messages appearing to come from our domain?

Art Singlaterry 1 Reputation point

A client of ours was phished recently. They are using MS 365. The message header shows that the envelope sender is bounces+SRS=/ The X-OriginatorOrg is also How is this possible? Because of this, the message even passes DKIM and is sent to the recipient as a legitimate message. For some more context, The message appears to be a BCC, from a compromised domain. But my question is how is my domain being used in the spoof? Happy to share headers via PM if needed.

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  1. Andy David - MVP 137.9K Reputation points MVP

    IF you are seeing that in the sender, then the message is being relayed from an on-prem server through 365:


    I would verify which IP these are coming from.

    Additionally - If the client was phished, ensure passwords have been changed and check for any inbox rules in the mailboxes as well

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  2. Joyce Shen - MSFT 16,626 Reputation points

    Hi @Art Singlaterry

    Agree with Andy's suggestions, and below are some additional information for your reference as well:

    You could try creating a mailflow rule on O365, if the message is sent from external and domain contains “”, then reject the email or forward it to someone for approval. After setting the rule, observe if the SPAM mail occurs again.
    More details please see the link: Setting Up Domain Spoof Protection in Exchange 2013, Exchange 2016, or Microsoft 365

    And a similar issue discussed here: Office365 email spoofed or MITM, it tells that the mails was spoofed since tehy are originating from a South Africa IP address.
    We need to check the rules both on the workstation and OWA, also make sure MFA is enabled for your organization.
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