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PHISHING SCAM - CDC Sponsored State Vaccination Program for H1N1

December 3rd, 2009

CDC has received reports of fraudulent emails (phishing) referencing a CDC sponsored State Vaccination Program for H1N1. The messages request that users create a personal H1N1 (swine flu) Vaccination Profile on the CDC.gov web site.

An example of the phishing email can be found through this link: http://www.cdc.gov/hoaxes_rumors.html

Users that click on the embedded link in 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 open or respond to unsolicited email messages
  • Do not click links embedded in emails from unknown senders
  • Use caution when entering personal information online
  • Update anti-virus, spyware, firewall, and anti-spam software regularly