BBB: Fake email asks for H1N1 profile

December 2, 2009 10:50:27 AM PST
The Better Business Bureau is warning residents about a fake email that asks people to create H1N1 vaccination profiles. The fake emails- which appear to come from the Center of Disease Control- started hitting inboxes on December 1. The message claims anyone who is over the age of 18 must complete a vaccination profile on the CDC website. Users who click on the fake link can receive a computer virus.

"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 Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois, in a statement.

To prevent becoming a victim the BBB reminds users:

  • Do not follow unsolicited links and do not open or respond to unsolicited email messages.
  • Use caution when visiting unfamiliar websites.
  • Always use caution when entering personal information online.

    Example of the fake email:

    From: CDC [mailto:info@cdcmails.gov]
    Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 3:07 AM
    To:
    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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