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Virtual virus pops up

CDC warns of scam

December 02, 2009
As if the illness itself wasn't enough to worry about, Internet scammers have begun to prey on the confusion and worry surrounding the H1N1 flu virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a statement on Tuesday, Dec. 1, denouncing any validity to a string of e-mails that have hit an unknown number of in-boxes in recent days. The e-mails claimi to be from the CDC prompting people to register in an on-line database in order to properly keep track of H1N1 vaccines.

The fraudulent e-mails read: "You need to create your personal H1N1 (swine flu) Vaccination Profile on the cdc.gov website. The Vaccination is not obligatory, but every person that has reached the age of 18 has to have his personal Vaccination Profile on the cdc.gov site. This profile has to be created both for the vaccinated people and the not-vaccinated ones. This profile is used for the registering system of vaccinated and not-vaccinated people."

According to the CDC, the e-mails were "not initiated by CDC or any other part of the federal government. The public is encouraged not to respond to this e-mail."

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