April 20, 2017

Phishing attempts on the rise

The Medical Center has received numerous phishing email attacks in the past couple of years. These phishing emails are fraudulent emails that direct you to disclose personal information such as account usernames and passwords, bank account numbers, credit card numbers and social security numbers.  Phishing attacks either redirect you to a fake website that can look legitimate, or ask you to enter personal information by replying to their email.  

One tactic that VUMC IT Security Operations has seen at Vanderbilt is known as CEO fraud. These attacks impersonate a CEO, or other high-ranking member of an organization, in order to deceive you into giving up personal information.

If you receive an email asking you to send sensitive information, or to send money via a wire transfer, remember that these actions could potentially harm you and the Medical Center. When an email looks suspicious please take a moment to:

  • Contact the VUMC IT Help Desk at 615-343-4357 (343-HELP) and follow their direction on reporting the suspicious email
  • Contact the sender (if you know them) to verify if they sent the message; otherwise please contact the VUMC IT Help Desk.

Additional resources on phishing:

Inquiries: Tracey Mayo Street, tracey.m.street@vumc.org