Spam: Why You are Receiving Spam from a University Email

Spam from a university email address can be caused by a few situations:

  • Your account, or another university account, has been compromised
  • Your email, or another university email, is being spoofed
  • An account user has sent inappropriate emails before

Compromised Account


If you believe someone's account has been compromised in any way,  follow the instructions provided here immediately.

Faculty, Staff, and PhD Students

Please contact your IT Representative immediately.

Email Spoofing

Some spammers "spoof" email addresses that makes it appear as if the mail they send is coming from a university email address. Unfortunately, there is not much Wharton Computing can do except suggest that you report the website/sender for spamming to sites like and or

You might need to look up the site's IP address at a site like this:


Students: email

Faculty: contact your Academic Distributed Representative (login required)

Staff: email

PhD Students: contact your Academic Distributed Representative (login required)