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Spam scams spreading swine flu fear, BBB warns

Scam artists are already trying to cash in on the swine flu scare, the Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona cautioned Tuesday.

The scams are coming in spam e-mails urging those fearful of the deadly virus to follow a link or order from an online pharmacy.

Many of these pharmacies are fake, according to McAffee.com, a computer security company which posted the warning on its own site.

For those who don’t fall prey to the fear factor, another approach lures fans to the scam e-mails by falsely claiming that celebrities, such as Madonna, have contracted the virus.

“Be cautious of e-mails from unknown senders, and never click on links or open attachments,” said interim President Kim States. “Also, ask a trusted physician or pharmacist about proven treatments rather than responding to an unsolicited e-mail.”

States urged anyone who responded to one of these e-mails or purchased something billed as swine flu medication to call the BBB at 888-5353 or e-mail info@tucson.bbb.org.

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