Thursday, December 3, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: CDC Phishing Scam

Thanks to the JCAAI for the following alert:

The CDC has received reports of fraudulent emails (phishing) referencing a CDC sponsored State Vaccination Program.

The messages request that users must create a personal H1N1 (swine flu) Vaccination Profile on the cdc.gov website. The message then states that anyone that 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. Users that click on the email are at risk of having malicious code installed on their system. CDC 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 websites.
•Use caution when entering personal information online.

Additional information can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/hoaxes_rumors.html


An example of the Phishing email follows:

Subject: State Vaccination Program

You have received this e-mail because of the launching of the
State Vaccination H1N1 Program.

You need to create your personal H1N1 (swine flue) Vaccination Profile on the cdc.gov website. The vaccination is not obligatory, but every person that has reached the age of 18 has to have his personal Vaccination Profile on the cdc.gov site. This profile has to be created both for the vaccinated people and the not-vaccinated ones. This profile is used for the registering system of vaccinated and not-vaccinated people. Create your Personal H1N1 Profile using the link:

Create Personal Profile

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