JULY 2014 ISSUE – Phishing
“No Phishing”
What is Phishing? Phishing is a fraudulent attempt usually made through email to steal your personal information
through fake websites that appear to be legitimate organizations including Vanderbilt University Medical Center
How to identify Phishing:
 Phishing emails usually ask for your personal information such as a credit card number, social security number,
account number, or password.
o VUMC has taken steps to decrease recent problems of phishing. The change to email subject lines will
note “External” at the beginning of the subject from an outside source.
 Phishing emails will almost always tell you to click a link that takes you to a site where your personal information is
 Legitimate organizations would not request this information from you via email.
The following steps/tips can be used to avoid becoming a victim:
1. Always check the sender’s address, and be aware that phishers may forge the sender’s address to make it look as
though it came from a legitimate organization, when in fact it did not.
2. Bottom line: If you’re asked to reveal any personal information via email, you should not respond.
3. Do not click on links, photos or videos in these messages as they may contain viruses and malware that can be installed
on your computer. (Facebook and other social networking messages, ads, videos and links).
4. Remember: Vanderbilt employees are never asked to provide their user name and password via an email.
5. If you think your user ID and/or password have been compromised, change your password immediately.
FYI… On June 30, 2014 the Vanderbilt email system received phishing emails that appear to be targeting the Medical Center
employees. Read full story: Paycheck theft scam targets VUMC employees
The following information related to phishing was reported by Vanderbilt University Information Technology on July15, 2014:
• 120 Reported Phishing Attacks Resulting In 30, 996 Users
Receiving a Phishing email
• Total of 430, 271 Visits to Known Phishing Sites Prevented
• 97 Confirmed Password Compromises
If you receive a phishing email please contact your local technology support professional or the Vanderbilt University IT
Help Desk: 343-HELP or 343-9999
For more information go to: or e-mail the Privacy Office at
Created by the VUMC Privacy Office (936-3594)
Last Revised: 7/29/2013
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