automatic cc that I cannot disable

Posted on 2016-08-18
Last Modified: 2016-08-23
Dear Experts,
I am having this strange issue, where one mail address in our organization seems to have an automatic cc to another, but I cannot find where it is coming from.

Anytime someone (internal and external) mails to, there is a cc to even though the sender did not do that.  I looked at's Mail Flow Settings, but delivery options only forwards this mail to outside email address ( and to itself, no reference to betty.  Hub Transport in Organization Configuration has no Transport or Journal Rules that has any cc'ing to betty, mailbox itself has its own Full control or Send As Permission, there is no distribution group that has both as members.
I think I have looked everywhere I can think of, but still cannot resolve this issue.  We are using MS Exchange Server 2008.
Please advise.
Question by:yballan
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Expert Comment

ID: 41761180

I think you mean Exchange server 2007 (there is no version of Exchange as 2008)!

Have you check the Outlook rules for Charlie's mailbox?

Author Comment

ID: 41761493
Dear DeBlackman, Yes, you are right, it is Exchange 2010!, I was looking at SQL Server by mistake.
The thing is, Charlie is an outside consultant, and is not using Outlook.  I did ask him about his email settings, and he said he checked, there is no auto cc on his part, but basically, when an email arrives to, it just gets forwarded to
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Accepted Solution

Ivan earned 250 total points
ID: 41761582

can you check message tracking for that email sender. Logs should tell you what is happening.
They are usually at C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Exchange Server\TransportRoles\Logs\MessageTracking

PS: To see if it is turned on type in Exchange Shell:
Get-MailboxServer SERVERNAME | fl *messagetracking*


Author Comment

ID: 41765507
Dear Ivan,

Thank you for your reply, my message tracking is on, and I have log files, it is rather difficult to decipher because of the volume of the mail this user is getting, I will conduct a test to better isolate the cases and report back.
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DeBlackman earned 250 total points
ID: 41765560
Who is Betty? Is this a valid mailbox in organization? Has this mailbox been configured as a delegate of Charlie's mailbox?

I agree with Ivan that message tracking should be first place to investigate this issue.

Author Comment

ID: 41767057
Dear Ivan,

Thank you for your reply, my message tracking is on, and I have log files, it is rather difficult to decipher because of the volume of the mail this user is getting, I will conduct a test to better isolate the cases and report back.

Author Comment

ID: 41767095
Dear DeBlackman,

Sorry for not being clear, Betty is the person who keeps getting cced whenever Charlie receives an email.
I am looking at the message tracking currently.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 41767166
I read the log and found that there was an mailbox rule attached to a group content that had Charlie's email address as a part of it.  
I was not familiar with the log, and now I know how to troubleshoot this type of error.
Thank you for the help!!

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