Wednesday, December 02, 2009

MDCH Warns Residents to Avoid Fraudulent E-Mails

MDCH Warns Residents to Avoid Fraudulent E-Mails

Referencing CDC-sponsored State Vaccination Program

Phishing emails are a scam, attempts to obtain personal information

LANSING - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (OCISO) Cyber Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) have received reports of fraudulent emails referencing a CDC-sponsored State Vaccination Program for the H1N1 virus. The messages request that users create a personal H1N1 “Vaccination Profile” on the cdc.gov Web site. The messages then states that anyone who has reached the age of 18 has to have his/her personal “Vaccination Profile” on the cdc.gov site.

The CDC has NOT implemented a state vaccination program requiring registration on www.cdc.gov. These emails are a scam and residents are asked to ignore and delete them.

Users that click on the embedded link in the email are at risk of having a malicious code installed on their system. The OCISO reminds users to take the following steps to reduce the risk of being a victim of a phishing attack:

  • Do not follow unsolicited links and do not open or respond to unsolicited email messages.

  • Use caution when visiting un-trusted Web sites.

  • Use caution when entering personal information online.

For more information, please visit www.cdc.gov/hoaxes_rumors.html

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