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Reported by Andy Wise

Ask Andy: Swine flu scams

You just knew this would happen.

Bad guys using the swine flu scare to whip up all sorts of e-mail and web scams.

It's already out of control.

According to online security companies McAfee Avert Labs and F-Secure Corp., more than 250 web sites with the term "swine flu" have been registered in just the last few days -- everything from spammers with drug notices to bogus online pharmacies.

The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South says these are the three most common "swine flu" scams to look out for.

* UNSOLICITED E-MAILS WITH ATTACHMENTS advertising medication or information links. Same rule applies here, people.  If it's unsolicited and you do not know the sender, never open an attachment. You could launch nasty spyware or a virus.

* BOGUS WEB SITE VACCINE OFFERS. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no vaccine for swine flu. These offers are fakes.

* "SWINE FLU SURVIVAL GUIDES." Some sites are selling either these or protection "kits" for the low, low price of $19.95.  All are scams.

You shouldn't trust any web site concerning swine flu other than the official government sites and the Action News 5 Swine Flue Information center on our home page at www.wmctv.com

Official government sites:

Sites/e-mail addresses to report swine flu scams:

FBI's Internet Fraud Complaint Center:  www.ic3.gov

Federal Trade Commission (for forwarding spam e-mail):  spam@uce.gov

 

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