On Your Side: Watch out for swine flu scams

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, April 29, 2009

AUGUSTA---Don't we all have enough to be concerned with the potentially deadly swine flu? There's all the health issues and now you'll want to be wary of some scams associated with this whole thing. And because this thing is global, the Better Business Bureau says scammers have a big pond to fish in for victims.

The BBB says spammers began pumping out emails as soon as the first accounts of swine flu were being reporting.
They accounted for 2 percent of all spam messages. The BBB also says more than 250 web sites with the term swine flu were registered with days of the outbreak. And one is selling a swine flu survival guide for $19.95.

Let's go through a few things you should do to protect yourself.
First avoid opening email from unknown sources. Then make sure your anti-virus and anti-spyware software is up to date.
Lastly, don't believe online offers for vaccines against swine flu because they do not exist. Check with the Centers for Disease control for more information on health tips against swine flu.

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