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About SPAM


What is spam?

Spam email can be defined as unsolicited and unwanted email messages. You may receive this type of email from someone you know or from a complete stranger. Although the messages may be harmless and contain ads, notices of philanthropic opportunities, humor, etc., they may also be malicious  phishing or spear phishing messages, which attempt to trick you into clicking a malware-laced link, divulging your login and password, as well as personally identifiable information (PII). 

Spam that appears to originate from within UVA

If the message originates from University resources, or the sender appears to be someone at U.Va., the IT-Abuse Team needs to know about it. Although message headers can be forged to make it falsely appear that the message originated at UVA., the IT-Abuse Team can examine the message to verify its source.

Please forward the message you received with full headers (this helps with investigations) to abuse@virginia.edu. The links below show you how to find the full headers, which depend on the email client (Outlook, Eudora, CMS, Gmail, etc.) you use to read your mail.

Finding email message headers

If you use an email client not listed above, call the UVA Help Desk at 434-924-HELP (4357) for assistance.

Do not reply to the sender, or click on any links in the message. We recommend you also check the Information Security Alerts and Warnings page to see if the message has been reported.

What you can do with spam that appears to originate from outside UVA

Deleting spam is the best course of action for messages originating outside U.Va. Do not reply to the sender, or click on any links in the message. Do not open any attachments, as they may contain viruses or other malware. You might also check the Information Security Alerts and Warnings page to see if the message has been reported. Please do not send reports of these messages to the IT-Abuse team.

If you receive an email message that appears to be a phishing or spear phishing attempt, please send a copy of the message including headers to the IT-Abuse team.

What UVA does to stop spam

All email accounts receive spam messages. To mitigate this problem, UVA uses Fortinet, a highly effectlve emall security solution, and Office 365 anti-spam technology.

These antispam services are:

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