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H1N1 virus could make your computer sick

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Health officials are warning the public not to be fooled by an H1N1 E-mail scam, that could make your computer sick and your personal information vulnerable.

The emails call for adults to create a personal H1N1 vaccination profile on the CDC.gov web site. The message however is spam and investigators say its just someone hoping you'll give them access to your personal information.

"They're putting some kind of a virus onto your computer that they can use for Identity theft purposes. That virus is not at this time detectable right away and some of the antivirus companies like McAfie and others are developing something to counter it," said Captain Craig Dodd, Dougherty County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's investigators say a government agency will never send you a request for personal information through an email. They would likely send you forms to fill out through the U.S. Postal Service. If you're worried something might be a scam they say the safest thing to do is look up the agencies number in the book, call them, and ask if they've emailed you information before you fill it out.

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