Health Agency Warns Of Scammers Posing As CDC

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Topeka (WIBW) - A new email scam is playing on fears about the H1N1 virus.

The Shawnee County Health Agency says it's received reports of emails referring to a Centers for Disease Control-sponsored state vaccination program. It asks users to create a personal vaccination profile on the CDC site and says anyone over age 18 must have one.

The health agency says the c-d-c has not implemented such a program. They say people who clink on the e-mail are at risk of having malicious codes installed on their system.

To reduce the risk of being a victim of a phishing attack:
•Do not follow unsolicited links and do not open or respond to unsolicited email messages.
•Use caution when visiting un-trusted websites
•Use caution when entering personal information online.

Example of the phishing e-mail:

Subject: State Vaccination Program
You have received this email 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. The 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:
“Create Personal Profile”

(Note from officials: DO NOT FOLLOW THE LINK CONTAINED IN THE EMAIL)