Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Beware of fraudulent e-mails about an alleged CDC-sponsored state vaccination program

The Michigan Department of Community Health issued a warning to all Michigan residents on Tuesday about an e-mail scam related to H1N1 influenza vaccinations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer Cyber Security Incident Response Team have received reports of fraudulent e-mails referencing a CDC-sponsored state vaccination program for the H1N1 virus.

Apparently these fraudulent e-mails request that users create a personal H1N1 vaccination profile on the CDC Web site. The messages then state that anyone who has reached the age of 18 must have his/her personal Vaccination Profile on the CDC site. 

This is not true.

The CDC has not implemented a state vaccination program requiring registration on its Web site. These e-mails are a scam and receipients should ignore and delete them because these so-called “phishing” scams are designed to steal personal information. If you receive e-mail like this, do not respond or provide personal information. Users that click on the embedded link in the e-mail are at risk of having a malicious code installed on their system. 

If you have already responded to such an e-mail, please go to http://identityweb.umich.edu/help.html.