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Beware: Widespread phishing campaign currently targeting Vanderbilt University

Oct. 30, 2020, 9:00 AM

A widespread phishing campaign is currently targeting Vanderbilt University. It has been confirmed as malicious. The phishing email subject is “Heal Torture AID (Part-Time).” DO NOT RESPOND TO THE EMAIL OR OPEN ANY LINKS. Delete it from your inbox and report it to the VUIT security team at phishing@vanderbilt.edu, or call VUIT Support at 615-343-9999.

The emails in this phishing campaign offer a part-time job opportunity and may come from multiple senders, but all have the same subject of “Heal Torture AID (Part-Time).” The message describes how much the job will pay and asks the recipient to email dr.gagsaid@gmail.com from a private email address. These types of phishing emails are often a precursor to a financial scam. Vanderbilt University Information Technology is actively monitoring the threat.

Shown below is one of the phishing emails:

A widespread phishing campaign is currently targeting Vanderbilt University. It has been confirmed as malicious. The phishing email subject is “Heal Torture AID (Part-Time).”

If you have received this phishing email or a similar one, please report it to VUIT Information Security by one of two methods:

  • Using the Outlook email client, select the “Report Message” button in the ribbon at the top, then select “Phishing.”

  • If you are not using Outlook, or the button is not available, please forward the phishing email (as an attachment) to phishing@vanderbilt.edu.

If you have any questions, email them to phishing@vanderbilt.edu, or contact VUIT Support at 615-343-9999.

For more information about how to protect yourself from phishing in the future, read “Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Protect yourself from phishing.”

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