Black list email provider that serves temporary disposable Emails

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We found fraudulent applications by user(s) running rotbots under email accounts with yopmail.com emails.  Yopmail, (as well as mailinator and few others), is one of those email service providers that offer an email account temporary that masks your real email account.  These accounts exists only for hours, sometimes a few days.   Using these fake emails, the user generates builk applications into our system to create edu email address they can then use.  

If CCCApply would start blacklisting emails from these providers as a real email address would help in stemming the fraudulent usage.  

Last but not list, if CCCApply would considering adding another step in generating a CCCID account by requiring users to confirm their emails by going into their email account to retrieve a confirmation link.

thanks,
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Fai Fong

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Posted 2 years ago

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Kim Covell

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This is a good idea.  

Kimberly
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Debra Thayer

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Thanks for posting.  We got three of them.  They did not register or apply for financial aid.

 

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Matthew Owen

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We're seeing the same here, but I disagree with blacklisting domains. Some of our students apply with email anonymizers. If you want them removed you can always blacklist them when process the apps.

Banning a domain won't help the larger issue though. As long as businesses offer hundreds of dollars worth of benefits for having a .edu address and we pass them out like hotcakes, the demand for .edu accounts will persist.

We have some mitigation tactics I'd be happy to share, is there a private section of this forum?
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Matthew Owen

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Sent.
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Debra Thayer

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Same here, dthayer@marin.edu.  Thank you.
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Fai Fong

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Matthew,
Thanks for your insights and your willingness to share your solution.  If you don't mind sharing with us.  That'll be  great.  We could benefit from seeing what others are doing.  Thank you in advance. My email is fong_fai@smc.edu

I do however disagree with allowing the student to use anonymous emails.  I see that applying to the college is establishing a business relationship with the school.  Having a real email address where the student can be reached regarding admission or other issues  is important.  If the email address may be active only for a few hours, then this email address we are collecting is pointless.    The intention for student to use anonymous email is to protect student from being spammed or illicit usage of  private email, which is not the case in student apply for a CCC account. 

 - Just sharing my thought hopefully would benefit the CCCApply community, because we are sharing the same problem.   
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Matthew Owen

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To clarify, I disagree with CCCApply blocking anonymous emails. I think it should be up to the colleges to decide if they want to accept it or not. I've sent off an email to you too.
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Matthew,

Our district received several thousand of these fraudulent applications in late 2017. We've taken steps to make our college a less attractive target, but I'm interested in knowing what other schools - especially if they are Colleague schools - are doing as well. My email address is ali.salinas @ rcc.edu. Thanks in advance.   
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Kasey Crosby, Official Rep

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The trouble with fraudulent apps has been an ongoing discussion here. The product manager has been made aware of your suggestions and will take them into consideration. There will be an update at the CCCApply Workshop on March 28th. More information will be sent out before that if necessary.
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Matthew Owen

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Is there a place we can send examples of fake apps? I have over 1500.
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Matthew,
I will contact you via email with instructions.
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Matthew Owen

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Awesome, thanks!
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Esau Tovar

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We also have hundreds (that we know of). Cuesta and Rio Hondo have reported getting over 12,000 each!
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Marie

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El Camino College have received approx. 3,000 total Fake/Fraudulent applications since last year this time. :(-
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Debra Thayer

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Another boat load of yopmail was dumped this morning. College of Marin got 50 this morning.  All but 5 with out-of-state addresses. 
 
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I agree. Solano CC is also receiving spam applications with this yopmail email address. Can CCCApply blacklist them from our applications to prevent the applications from being sent to us?

Thank you,
-Robert