November 16, 2010

Beware of Holiday Phishing

Information Technology Services (ITS) at Vanderbilt wants to remind the community of the dangers of e-mail phishing scams, especially during the holiday season.

During November and December we typically experience an increased number of phishing attempts. This year is no exception.

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

Phishing attempts over the holidays are often targeted, focusing on holiday activities like travel, sales, shopping and financial matters.

Do not respond to unsolicited e-mail messages offering services or assistance or requesting personal information.

Also, do not click 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. The same cautions also apply to unsolicited Facebook and other social networking messages, ads, videos and links.

If you have any questions, please contact your local technology support professional or one of the Vanderbilt IT help desks:
• VUMC Helpdesk 343-HELP
• ITS Helpdesk: 615-343-9999