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Solicitation Scams and Phishing Email

August 1, 2013

Scams, spam, and phishing emails may not ask directly for your credentials but instead try to get you to click a link that installs a tracking cookie on your computer, or worse, a bot that gathers or scrapes email addresses from your files to use as further spoofing addresses to send more spam.

You might even be solicited to pay a sum of money for a list of lucrative jobs or to join a commercial "honor society." These kinds of emails have one thing in common: they're scams to be avoided.

If you think you have been a victim of an email scam, report it (with the full header) to You can also forward the email to For more information, including how to capture full email headers, visit How to Report SPAM.