Many of you have received solicitations from companies offering to sell you the “MLA Mailing List.” Some of you have received an email notifying you that the MLA has sent you a “file download link.” Recently, you may have received an email saying you have an “invoice.”
Please note that these are not legitimate solicitations.
You may also receive legitimate emails from MLA Committees of which you are a Member, which are either sent directly from the MLA website, or from a Committee Member’s email.
Warning Signs of “Fake” Emails
Many scammers will customize the sender’s name field to make it look like the name of an MLA Member, or to make it appear that the email was sent by an MLA Administrator. If you check the email, however, you will see that it is not an email from either one of the above domains. Occasionally, an MLA Member will click on a malicious link, which then invades that person’s email contacts, automatically forwarding the infected email to all of their contacts.
If you’ve received one of these fake emails, you will notice they reflect poor grammar and punctuation, such as improper capitalization, misuse of commas, periods, or question marks. They may incorrectly describe the MLA.
What Should I Do?
Always confirm you know the sender before opening attachments or clicking on links. If in doubt, please do not click on any links. If you’ve received a solicitation you know is not legitimate (for instance, offering to sell you the “MLA mailing list”) do not engage with the sender; you can block the domain. If you have any questions, please contact the MLA directly, either by email or through the “contact the MLA” page on our website.