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What is Spam/Phishing?
Spam is the abuse of electronic messaging systems to send out messages you either do not want and/or did not sign up for.  these messages usually advertise some kind of product or service or often promote some kind of scam.  The most popular form of spam is sent through e-mail, but it can also be found in instant messaging applications, mobile phones, blogs, web forums and other types of electronic media.

Phishing is the process of attempting to acquire personal, sensitive information.  This is most commonly done via e-mails and fraudulent websites/URLs.  There are also messages that can ask you to call a phone number, owned by the phisher, which may prompt you to enter account and ID numbers, such as your social security number or PIN.  Most organizations will never operate in such manners, especially when it comes to financial information.

As a rule you should NEVER send any personally identifiable information (PII) through e-mail. Fordham University will never ask you to provide PII via e-mail.  You should always question the validity of the e-mail and contact IT Customer Care for assitance.

Why am I Getting Spam/Phishing Scams?
A spammer usually gets a hold of your e-mail/phone number/username/etc... and was able to send out a message to you.  One popular way this can occur is when you give out your e-mail address to websites or on paper applications.  Some companies/organizations make money from selling your e-mail address and other information.  Other ways include posting your e-mail on websites which makes it easy for spammers to look up using search engines.

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