Swine flu scams: Don’t be swindled
DENVER, Colorado ” Don’t get swindled by a swine flu scam.
That’s the message from the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado, which is warning consumers to be on the lookout for fraudulent e-mails and Web sites trying to cash in on the recent outbreak.
Spokeswoman Katie Carrol says the scams include a Web site that’s offering a “Swine Flu Survival Guide” for $19.95, and e-mails with subject lines such as “Madonna caught swine flu!” that link to online pharmacies.
The Better Business Bureau offers the following advice to avoid such scams:
” Don’t believe online offers for vaccinations against swine flu because a vaccine doesn’t exist. For more information on swine flu and updates on progress in fighting the outbreak, go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site, at http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu.
” Don’t open e-mails from unknown sources. Delete them or report them to the Federal Trade Commission by forwarding them to spamuce.gov.
” Make sure your computer’s antivirus and antispyware software is up to date and all operating system security patches have been installed. If your computer gets infected because of a spam e-mail about swine flu, you can report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov.
On the Net:
Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado, http://southerncolorado.bbb.org/