RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – If you get an email from the "State Vaccination H1-N1 program", ignore it. The Centers for Disease Control says it's a phishing scam. The scam references a CDC-sponsored program that requires everyone to register to be vaccinated against H1-N1.
The swine flu is a scary thing for a lot people right now and the government says it could be spring before enough vaccine is available for everybody who wants some. Production has been stepped up and millions of people are getting the shots, but the suggestion of shortage helps con men come with ideas.
One email message going around directs the reader to create a "personal H1-N1 vaccination profile" on the CDC website. It goes on to say... Everybody over 18 has to have one of these profiles, and there's a link to click-- don't! The CDC says the link could expose the reader's computer to a virus, and from there any number of harmful things could happen.
"They're targeted to maybe steal your personal information, your contacts that might be in outlook, any relevant information in your email. Some of these pieces of spyware and adware are really just there to cause trouble on your computer," said Jason Chandler, NBC12 IT Administrator.
You should question any unsolicited email that asks for your personal information. And, you'll never get a random email seeking personal data from any government agency. If you get an email like this, delete it. You don't have to register for the swine flu vaccine. There are clinics set up all over the area. The State Health Department has put a special application on its website to help you find one near you.