The modern age of surfing the internet has produced many ways for unwanted email (spam) to get to you. Some are annoying by sending you unwanted information about a product being sold, but others more recently are highly invasive with potential of identity theft and fraudulent financial scams.
Any unsolicited (and usually commercial advertising) email is spam. However, this is very subjective. What might be "spam" to some, might be considered research to another. Spam sent to @hawaii.edu addresses is managed by Google's robust spam filter. Email messages that the filter deems highly likely to be spam will not be delivered to your mailbox and instead placed in the folder labeled "Spam" (or "Gmail/Spam" if using a mail client). More information is available at the Spam at the University of Hawaii article.
Phishing (pronounced "fishing") is an Internet scam that uses spam or pop-up messages to deceive you into disclosing your credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security number, passwords, or other sensitive information. The messages appear to be from legitimate organizations such as banks, credit unions, and online shopping sites asking you to verify your personal information. Generally, these messages state that if you do not update or verify your information, your account will be canceled or deleted, The intent will be to use your credit card or financial accounts for their personal purposes, leaving you with the bills and highly time-consuming job of sorting out a bad credit rating.
NEVER respond to these types of email by clicking on the web link in the email message and entering your personal information, and DON'T reply to the message either.
If you obtain spam from an @hawaii.edu account, you can report it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If it's not from an @hawaii.edu account: