The eGrinch is out to Steal your Holidays!

Tips from UNC Hospitals' Information Services Division (ISD) for the holiday season.

While the holiday season is full of cheer and happiness, there are eGrinches around that would like to turn your happiness into theirs. While wishing you a very happy and healthy holiday season, we want to also wish you a Healthy Financial holiday and New Year as well. These eGrinches will do whatever they can to steal your money and personal information.

This year, ‘Malware’ (malicious software) is prevalent. This may come in the form of:

  • Unsolicited emails containing attachments such as Electronic Greeting Cards being sent via spam. This may appear to be from family members or friends. The spam will direct the recipient to click the link provided in the email to view the eCard. This could take one unknowingly to a malicious webpage or download malicious software to the computer.
  • Unsolicited Phishing emails and text messages indicating a problem with their email account, bank account, etc. The user is asked to verify their account information.
  • Unsolicited email surveys

Shop online and use all of the conveniences to save you time and money. But, don’t fall victim to the Personal ID theft eGrinches. As well as using common sense and being sure you have the latest definitions of Antivirus software, here are a few helpful hints:

  • Don’t respond to unsolicited emails or click on links in those emails
  • Don’t open unknown attachments
  • Avoid filling out forms in email messages that ask for personal information
  • Always compare the link in an email to the link you are actually directed to
  • Contact the actual business or person that supposedly sent the email to verify authenticity
  • Make sure online transactions are secure


Above all else, remember if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

ISD will never ask users to disclose sensitive information in an e-mail.  If you have any questions regarding suspicious emails received at your unch.unc.edu email accounts or believe your computer may be compromised, please report it to the Help Desk (966-5647) immediately for Network intervention to limit the scope and damage this may cause yourself personally and the UNCH networks.

Thank you and have a very safe Holiday season.

Visit http://help.unc.edu/6417 for more tips on minimizing the danger of phishing attacks.