HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 2 The Pennsylvania Department of Health urges computer users not to open a fraudulent e-mail that claims to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, and asks individuals to create a "personal H1N1 vaccination profile."
Anyone receiving this e-mail should not open it and delete it immediately. The fraudulent e-mail links to a fake Web site that attempts to collect personal information. Clicking on the embedded link in the e-mail puts users at risk of having a malicious code installed on their computer.
Some Pennsylvanians have coincidentally received this e-mail after registering for the Department of Health's H1N1 vaccine clinics, but there is no relation. Pennsylvania's online vaccine registration system is safe to use and does not ask registrants to provide any personal information other than their name.
For additional information, call 1-877-PA HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) or visit www.H1N1inPA.com.
Media contact: Stacy Kriedeman, 717-787-1783
Editor's Note: An example of the H1N1 scam e-mail is below:
From: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: [BULK] Instructions on creation of 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: create personal profile
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health