A post on the Easterseals Central Illinois Facebook page Wednesday is warning people in the region to not open an email from the organization. The emails were apparently sent on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“By now you may have received an email that appears to be from Easterseals about Amazon or Chase. This has been identified as SPAM and you should not click on any links. We are currently working to resolve the issue and appreciate your understanding,” said a Facebook comment by the page.
The nonprofit health care organization says it’s email service was hacked.
A comment posted by Easterseals says, “if you clicked the link and entered any personal or back account info you need to have your accounts frozen asap and run a virus scan. If you did not provide any requested information you are should be fine.”
Easterseals Director of Marketing Megan Pedigo said the organization took immediate action both on the back end, investigating the hack with Constant Contact, and taking necessary steps to notify our network.
“Just a reminder to never click a link in an email unless you are 100% sure it’s legitimate. In this case the email content was about other organizations, but coming from Easterseals, that is a red flag to look out for in spam emails” said Brandon Vissering, Easterseals Central Illinois Director of Information Technology. “Over 80% of all emails are spam nowadays and the additional time it takes to read through an email to determine that it’s legit is worth the extra time.”