I received the following unsolicited email:

Subject: A new account Turnitin has been created for you
you have been added as a teacher to the account, xxx, by Turnitin xxx Administrator.
as a new teacher, you are joining a global community of training experts. We are pleased to have you with us.
Are you ready to configure your classes?

With a button lending to a Turnitin signup page, whose address is similar to:


However, isn't Turnitin a paid service? Have you perhaps received this invitation and, if you registered, how you use it?

  • This looks like spam to me. Are you teaching at an institution that could have automatically signed you up? If not, just delete it. – astronat Aug 15 '18 at 9:43
  • @astronat: When my institution does so, they send us an internal email first. What I don't understand is why the link button points to turnitin.com. If it is a spam, then it comes straight from Turnitin, which should be a respectable company. – antonio Aug 15 '18 at 9:55
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    @antonio: What I don't understand is why the link button points to turnitin.com – Are you sure about that? – Wrzlprmft Aug 15 '18 at 9:57
  • That being said, I do not see much we can answer better than you can. We cannot tell you whether the mail is legit, and if it is, we do not really like to evaluate their services. – Wrzlprmft Aug 15 '18 at 10:00

by Turnitin xxx Administrator.

Ask xxx if they created an account for you. If they have no idea what you are talking about, or xxx is not in your organisation, mark as spam and move on. That Turnitin is a paid service matters little, as many universities pay for it on organisational level.

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    It happens that I have received the email informing about the activation of the service in my university. So, sorry for the inconvenience. Probably, I should remove the post, do I? – antonio Aug 15 '18 at 10:12
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    @antonio you could turn your comment into an answer and mark it as accepted. This way, if anyone runs into the same issu and looks it up here, they can find an aanswer that works. – henning -- reinstate Monica Apr 6 at 20:52

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