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Don't sign up for fake H1N1 flu registry

Wednesday, December 02, 2009


Health officials are warning people about a new email scam that asks people to sign up for the H1N1 flu vaccine registry.  The emails reportedly say that anyone over the age of 18 must have their personal vaccination profile registered with the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  People are told to click a link included in the email to create their profile.
 
The emails do not really come from the CDC and no such vaccine registry exists, according to a warning issued by the CDC
 
If you get one of these emails, do not click on any links or respond to the sender.  Clicking on the link may install malicious code on your computer.  Providing any information in response to the email could also put your personal information at risk. 
 
To protect yourself from phishing scams:
 
  • Avoid clicking on links in emails from people you don’t know, even if the email claims to come from a business or government agency. 
  • Never share personal information in response to an unsolicited email. 
  • Use antivirus and firewall software to protect your computer.
 
If you think you’ve been the victim of this or a similar scam, please call Attorney General Roy Cooper’s Consumer Protection Division for assistance at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.  For more information on how to protect yourself from scams, visit us at www.ncdoj.gov.