Credit card warning issued over fake Tamiflu
By UK CreditCards.com
Russian fraudsters have set up fake websites offering flu drug Tamiflu in order to steal the credit card details of people worried by the swine flu outbreak.
Analysis from Sophos, an online security firm, suggested that many people are panic-buying the drug due to their fears of falling victim to the virus.
Enterprising hackers have spotted a gap in the market and have helped to develop fraudulent pharmaceutical sites offering Tamiflu. Sophos said that thousands of the online firms are currently operational and that hundreds of millions of pieces of drugs-related spam have been sent in the last year.
Graham Cluley, security expert at the firm, commented: "The criminal gangs working behind the scenes at fake internet pharmacies are putting their customers' health, personal information and credit card details at risk.
"They have no problem breaking the law to promote these websites, so you can be sure they'll have no qualms in exploiting your confidential data or selling you medications which may put your life in danger."
The swine flu pandemic began in Mexico earlier this year and has claimed 6,500 lives across the world so far.
Published: 17 November 2009
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