Privacy and Information Security | University of Illinois

Background Check SPAM Email

A message claiming to be part of a background check is a spam message that can be safely deleted.

In June 2015, Technology Services at Illinois began receiving reports of an email being sent to faculty and staff claiming that someone had conducted a background check on the email recipient. This in fact is a spam message that is simply trying to get people to click on the link included in the message.

To be very clear, no background checks have been conducted on the random recipients of this email.

Anyone who receives this email can safely delete it.

Tech Services has taken steps to help block this message from being delivered to University of Illinois email accounts in the future.

Here is a screenshot of the SPAM message:

If you have other questions or need further assistance, please contact the Technology Services Help Desk by email ( or by phone (217-244-7000).