PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The email from a political action committee seemed harmless: if you support , it urged, click here to make sure you’re registered to vote.

But Harvard University graduate student Maya James did not click. Instead, she d the name of the soliciting PAC. It didn’t exist ― a clue the email was a phishing scam from swindlers trying to exploit the U.S. presidential election as a way to steal peoples’ personal information.

“There was not a trace of them,” James, 22, said. “It was a very inconspicuous email, but I noticed it used very emotional language, and that set off alarm bells.” She deleted the message, but related her experience on social media to warn others.

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