The email appears to originate with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and speaks of a “State Vaccination Program.” The reader is prompted to create a personal H1N1 (swine flu) Vaccination Profile on the CDC website.
WARNING: The email is a hoax — nothing but a phishing scam. The CDC has no state vaccination program requiring registration.
By following the prompts you are putting yourself at risk of having malicious code installed on your computer in an attempt to steal usernames, passwords, and other sensitive information in order to access your online banking accounts.
The CDC offers these tips:
- 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.
An example of the phishing email follows:
Subject: State Vaccination Program
You have received this email because of the launching of State Vaccination H1N1 Program.
You need to create your personal H1N1 (swine flu) 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 website. This profile has to be created both for the vaccinated people and the not-vaccinated ones. This program is used for the registering system of vaccinated people and not-vaccinated people. Create your personal H1N1 Vaccination Profile using this link: Create Personal Profile
Caution should also be taken regarding unsolicited emails about H1N1 cures. It is highly unlikely that the CDC, your doctor, or other legitimate source would email you directly on important matters of health.
As always, when you have doubts about an unsolicited email, check the long headers in your email and, rather than click on the links, visit the website by typing the actual address into your web browser’s address bar – for example, www.cdc.gov.
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Photo: U.S. Centers for Disease Control