Better Business Bureau warns of fake H1N1 e-mails
From press release
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning of fake H1N1 e-mails from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that began hitting e-mail boxes Dec. 1.
The BBB has received reports of the fraudulent phishing e-mails regarding a State Vaccination Program, supposedly sponsored by the CDC.
The message states anyone who is age 18 or older must complete a vaccination profile on the CDC’s Web site, www.cdc.gov, whether they intend to be vaccinated or not. They are then instructed to click on the supplied link and provide the required information.
Users who click on the link are at risk of having a malicious virus installed on their computers.
“As we understand it, the virus is a version of the Banker trojan, which steals usernames and passwords when you are online doing your banking,” said Dennis Horton, director of the Rockford Regional Office of the BBB serving Chicago and northern Illinois.
To prevent becoming a victim, the BBB reminds users:
• Do not follow unsolicited links and do not open or respond to unsolicited e-mail messages.
• Use caution when visiting unfamiliar Web sites.
• Always use caution when entering personal information online.
Additionally, the BBB advises you check out any offer or business first before you make your buying decisions by visiting www.bbb.org.
The text of the fake e-mail follows:
From: CDC [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 3:07 AMTo:
Subject: Your personal Vaccination Profile
You have received this e-mail because of the launching of State Vaccination H1N1 Program.
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.
Create your Personal H1N1 Vaccination Profile using the link:
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