Why You Are Getting Honor Society Spam Emails and How to Get Rid of Them
Students are used to getting spam emails, but one particular type floods their school email accounts more than others—honor society invitations.
Joining an honor society can have many benefits for a student, but with so many invitations from questionable organizations, you are left with doubting the legitimacy of the invite.
If an email looks suspicious, check the validity of the organization behind the invitation. You could be looking at an email scam and might need to take further steps to deal with it.
The first step is to prevent them from contacting you again. You can use DoNotPay for this step, as it can help stop spam emails.
How Can DoNotPay Help With Honor Society Spam Emails?
DoNotPay is a virtual assistant app that will help you if you want to stop receiving unwanted emails, including spam invites from dubious honor societies. It only takes a few minutes to mark any email as spam. Here is how to do it:
- Open DoNotPay in your web browser
- Scroll down and click on the Spam Collector option
- Enter your email address to connect it with DoNotPay
- Forward the next Honor Society email invite to email@example.com
The app will unsubscribe you from the sender's email list, meaning they won't be able to reach you anymore. These types of emails are often illegal, so if there is a class action against the sender, you will be added to it and get your revenge on spam emails finally.
A flag in the Spam Collector tab on your DoNotPay dashboard will show you if you are added to a class action lawsuit.
Are Honor Society Spam Emails a Scam?
According to Penn State University, students have been complaining about the massive influx of honor society invites coming from over a dozen different email addresses.
What may appear as legitimate email—offering opportunities for top tier students—could also be a scam.
Thanks to the technological advances and public lists containing students' emails, it's easy for scammers to start massive outreach email campaigns. Scam emails are sent blindly to any student on the list, regardless of his or her GPA. This is often the first red flag when getting an email like this.
Red Flags With Honor Society Emails
Not recognized by the ACHS
|If the society is not on the list certified by the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), it is likely fake|
No association with the campus
|Legitimate honor societies are usually connected to the campus|
Poorly composed email
|If the email or letter exhibits bad grammar, it can be a sign that the email is a scam|
|Legitimate honor societies usually have a yearly membership, while scammers will try to get you to pay a monthly subscription. The price will often be significantly higher|
What Else Can You Do to Put an End to Honor Society Email Spam?
After blocking the sender with DoNotPay, there are a few steps you can take to protect yourself from further spam emails and any scamming attempts:
- Report email as spam to Gmail or another email provider
- Check if the email is phishing for personal information
- Report a phishing attempt
Report an Honor Society Spam Email to Gmail
- Access Gmail through your web browser
- Scroll until you find the Honor Society email
- Find the unwanted email and select it. You can pick more emails if necessary
- Hover over the top bar and look for the icon with an exclamation mark
- Click Report Spam
All messages reported as spam end up in the spam folder and are analyzed by Google to help them predict what messages to mark as spam in the future automatically.
- Open the Gmail app on your Android device or iPhone
- Select spam email you want to report
- Click on the three dots in the top right corner
- Tap Report Spam
Is The Honor Society Spam Email Phishing for Personal Info?
If the email is coming from a bogus honor society, you can report it for phishing. When a scammer is phishing, they will pretend to be from a legitimate organization, which might even have a website. They will make sure to look familiar. You can recognize phishing emails because they will want to know your private info. Someone who is phishing might ask for:
- Your username and password
- Social Security number
- Your address
- Place of birth
- Your mother’s maiden name
- Your birthday
If the email looks suspicious, make sure not to click on any links or provide personal information until you are sure that the sender is not a scammer.
Report Phishing with Gmail
Google does filter out a lot of emails, and will often move the suspicious email to the Spam folder. If an honor society spam email shows up in your inbox, and it looks like a phishing attempt, you can mark it as phishing.
To stop phishing emails on your computer, follow these steps:
- Open your web browser and log in to your Gmail account
- Open the phishing honor society invite
- Click on the three dots next to the Replay arrow
- From the dropdown menu, click Report Phishing
Other email providers have similar processes for reporting phishing. In most cases, you can find a Report Phishing or Mark as Phishing option within the email itself.
What to Do if You Receive a Physical Letter from Honor Society? DoNotPay Will Help You Manage the Situation!
Scammers love using technology, but when they have a chance to trick you into giving them money or disclosing private info, they will reach for traditional methods as well. Official letters coming from an honor society might be convincing at first glance, but the same rules apply as with emails. Go through the checklist. If things don't add up, and you want to stop these letters, DoNotPay can help.
Here is how:
- Take a photo of an unwanted letter
- Open DoNotPay in your web browser
- Click on the DoNotMail feature
- Follow the steps to unsubscribe from the sender
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