CDC warns of H1N1 phishing scam

ATLANTA - 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 web site.

An example of the phishing email is below:

Sample H1N1 phishing email which states that the recipient needs to create a personal H1N1 (Swine Flu) Vaccination Profile on the site

  • 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.
  • style="text-align: left;">Update anti-virus, spyware, firewall, and anti-spam software regularly.

Source: Centers for Disease Control

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: