Beware Swine Flu Scams

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  1. TwoCatDoctors

    TwoCatDoctors New Member


    Watch Out For Swine Flu Scams
    Con artists quick to exploit new situation
    April 29, 2009

    It didn’t take scammers long to latch on to the latest hot button topic to try and make a quick buck. Scams built around fears of swine flu are proliferating quickly across the Internet.

    The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued an alert this week, warning of a number of email scams related to the swine flu. The attacks arrive via an unsolicited email message typically containing a subject line related to the swine flu.

    “These email messages may contain a link or an attachment. If users click on this link or open the attachment, they may be directed to a phishing website or exposed to malicious code,” the alert said.

    US-CERT encourages users to take the following measures to protect themselves:

    • Filter spam.
    • Don’t trust unsolicited email.
    • Treat email attachments with caution.
    • Don’t click links in email messages.
    • Install antivirus software and keep it up to date.
    • Install a personal firewall and keep it up to date.
    • Configure your email client for security.

    To stay informed about swine flu, US_CERT says you should rely on trusted sources of information, such as the Centers for Disease Control .

    Also, be highly skeptical of unknown Web sites with the words “swine flu” in the domain name.

    Online security firm F-Secure reports dozens of new swine flu domain names were registered in the last few days, including and F-Secure said some of these sites are already offering ways to “protect your family from this crazy flu.”