Swine Flu Scams

It could of course be expected, but with may in the world concerned about the outbreak of swine flu, there will always be scam artists trying to cash in on that, preying on the fears and anxieties of people. The public is turning to the net for information about the swine flu but so are these scam artists.

According to F-Secure people are registering domains related to “swine flu” (see more info here http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00001668.html) an whilst there are no cases of malware sites registered yet F-secure warns that that will only be a matter of time. (The list of domains is located here: http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/swineflu_domains.txt).

The Better Business Bureau is already urging consumers to reliable information regarding the outbreak from the website of the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/) and warns that scammers are creating their own epidemic of spam.The BBB advises:

  • Avoid opening emails frm an unknown source and do not click on any links, instead delete or report the email to the Federal Trade Commission;
  • Don’t believe any offers for vaccinations because there is no such vaccine (yet);
  • Keep your computer security updated.

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