I am using Office 365 and Outlook 2013 on Windows 8.1 for emails. There is one particular sender tom.dymoke@some-corp.com whose email keep going into a folder called Junk. This is not the normal Junk Email folder, this is a separate folder that I do not know come from where.

I have deleted this Junk folder but when I receive email from tom.dymoke@some-corp.com, the Junk folder is recreated and Tom's email goes into the folder.

I have also checked the Junk Email Options, Rules and Alerts, Automatically Move Messages and the Rule settings on Office 365. None of them have any rules set at all. I have also tried outlook.exe /cleanrules Where else can I look?

I don't think this is due to anti-spam mechanism, because I can rename the folder, move the folder to another folder, move it into delete items (delete the folder) etc. The incoming email will still always find its way into the folder. If I manually move the email back into inbox, for some reason after a minute the email will return to the Junk folder again.

Using the "Delivery Report" feature in Outlook/O365 Portal, it does not show any spam, filtering or rule actions, it merely says the email is delivered successfully.

So, why does this happen and how can I make it stop?

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From: Tom Dymoke <Tom.Dymoke@some-corp.com>
To: Abigail Teh <abigail.teh@sister-corp.com>
CC: Serene Lee <serene.lee@sister-corp.com>
Subject: RE: Sister Corp OTL Report September WK4
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Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:51:43 +0000
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  • 1) Have you tried adding this person to your safe sender list? Does that change where the e-mail goes? 2) Have you tried adding them to your contacts, then checking on the trust anyone in your contacts? 3) Is the e-mail being sent to your Office 365 account e-mail and then to Outlook 2013? – Sun Oct 8 '14 at 17:39
  • Yes to all. Still not working. – Jake Oct 9 '14 at 6:43
  • If you open the email itself you can see the message headers I think under email options. It is hidden sort of... But it will tell you the path it took to get to your inbox. If you can copy and paste that into your question, that will help. – Sun Oct 9 '14 at 12:34
  • Was the email ever quarantined? – Sun Oct 14 '14 at 6:22
  • 1
    Is your company using exchange server? Is the "Junk" folder getting created on your exchange account as well? – Prasanna Oct 14 '14 at 9:29

This sounds an awful lot like something I've just been dealing with.
It's caused by a Samsung Galaxy phone/tablet device being setup to access that mailbox.
The Galaxy device creates the "Junk" folder (as opposed to the usual Outlook/Exchange mailbox one called "Junk E-Mail").
If you delete the Galaxy "Junk" folder, it will be recreated. If you rename it, messages will still end up there.
In order to stop this, you need to open the email app on the phone, press the Menu button and go to Settings ... Spam Addresses. Remove the erroneously marked addresses from the spam list.
That's how it works on my phone, but I have found other instructions which suggest you need to go to Settings... General Settings... Spam Addresses - so perhaps my email app is a slightly different version to the one used by the author of these other instructions.

  • This sounds promising! I will go check and hopefully return to mark as accepted! – Jake Oct 15 '14 at 4:34

Since the SCL value is 0, it does not bypass spam filtering.

0-4 – When you set the SCL to one of these values, 
the message will be passed along to the content filter 
for additional processing.

The default action when content is filtered (at the server level) is to move it to the junk email folder.

The last bit about junk folder vs junk e-mail folder is a mystery. Some ideas:

  • Perhaps the email admin, assigned eligible email to move to junk instead of junk e-mail folder.

  • The other possibility is that you have an outlook add-in such as anti-virus that is performing unwanted content filtering.

  • The folder in question is not the Outlook Junk Email folder, it is a regular folder named Junk. I can rename it to anything too. So I don't think it is the native Automatic Junk Filtering. What else can it be? – Jake Oct 14 '14 at 8:05
  • It also cannot be at the server level because only 1 user has this problem when the email is CC-ed to many recipients on the same domain/server. I think it should be client issue. – Jake Oct 14 '14 at 8:06
  • What addins does the outlook client have? Are there any antivirus, anti malware running on the computer that might interact with outlook emails? – Sun Oct 14 '14 at 14:17

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