July 8, 2014

Beware of email phishing scams

Vanderbilt University Information Technology (VUIT) wants to remind all members of the Vanderbilt community, including Medical Center employees, of the dangers of email phishing scams, which are an ongoing issue.

VUIT cautions all Vanderbilt faculty, students and staff to exercise additional caution when opening unfamiliar email, and to stop and think before clicking on Web links within emails and Facebook posts.

Vanderbilt employees will never be asked to provide their user name and password (login information) via an email.

Phishing is the practice of “fishing” for victims and luring unsuspecting Internet users to a fake website. This is accomplished with email 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.

Do not respond to unsolicited email 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: 343-HELP or 343-9999.

See article from the July 1 issue of My VUMC about a phishing scam targeting Medical Center employees here.