IMPORTANT FLOOD INFORMATION: May 6, 2010

Beware of Flood-Related "Phishing" Scams

Due to the recent flood events in Nashville, Information Technology Systems is detecting an increase in phishing attacks about these recent events. These phishing events will be very targeted towards Vanderbilt and Nashville flood victims.

Do not respond to any unsolicited email messages offering flood-related services or assistance or requesting personal information, and avoid clicking on any links, photos or videos these messages may contain as they have a high potential to install viruses and malware on your computer systems.

Phishing is the practice of "fishing" for victims and luring these unsuspecting Internet users to a fake Web site. This is accomplished with email messages that appear to be from legitimate organizations with the purpose of convincing you to divulge passwords, financial, or personal information, or to introduce a virus to your computer and the network.

If you have any questions, please contact your local technology support professional or one of the Vanderbilt IT help desks:

VUMC Helpdesk 615-343-HELP
ITS Helpdesk: 615-343-9999

Visit www.vanderbilt.edu/flood for more flood-related resources.