The ACC wants to protect our members from known scams and threats that could potentially affect individuals and facilities. Here are some known alerts and steps to follow to keep you safe.
Last Updated 8/07/2018
Beware of Fraudulent Meeting Scams
The ACC has been made aware of several fraudulent websites posing as official websites for meetings that our members regularly attend. Please note that these websites are attempts to scam interested participants and are not affiliated with these organizations/meetings. Use caution and avoid sharing any personal or financial information with unfamiliar websites.
ACC Members are encouraged to contact the ACC Member Care team with any questions or concerns regarding suspicious ACC meeting websites. The ACC Member Care team can be reached by phone at 202-375-6000, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"American Board of Cardiology" Warning
The ACC has received several reports of members receiving letters from a group called the American Board of Cardiology requesting dues payments. This group is NOT affiliated with the ACC in any way, and all requests for payments should be ignored and removed.
Before joining any organization, check to see if it has a history of affiliation with another established organization, board, or accredited educational body. In addition, be cautious of organizations that do not provide a phone number or physical location when contacting you.
ACC members are encouraged to contact ACC Member Care to report suspicious messages, requests, or usage of the College’s name or logo. The ACC Member Care can be reached by phone at 202-375-6000, ext. 5603 or by email at email@example.com.
Protect Yourself from Ransomware
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued the following guidance for facilities and services affected by a ransomware attack:
- Contact your FBI Field Office Cyber Task Force or U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force immediately to report a ransomware event and request assistance
- Report cyber incidents to the US-CERT and the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center
- If your facility experiences a suspected cyberattack affecting medical devices, you may contact U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) 24/7 emergency line at 1-866-300-4374. Reports of impact on multiple devices should be aggregated on a system/facility level.
Facilities can prevent cyberattack by ensuring that computers and other devices are updated and patched with the latest anti-virus software. Microsoft has a suite of protection tools on their Guide for WannaCrypt Attacks page. All employees should only open emails from trusted sources, and never open attachments unless its contents are absolutely known. For general advice on how to protect against ransomware, review US-CERT Alert TA16-091A.