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Beware: Widespread phishing campaign currently targeting Vanderbilt University

Posted by on Friday, October 30, 2020 in News.

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, 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 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:


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

  1. Using the Outlook email client, select the “Report Message” button in the ribbon at the top, then select “Phishing.”
  2. If you are not using Outlook, or the button is not available, please forward the phishing email (as an attachment) to

If you have any questions, email them to, 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.”