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McCall warns: don't fall for the H1N1 e-mail scam

Published December 04. 2009 05:00PM

While you're taking steps to protect your family from the H1N1 virus this winter, state Rep. Keith McCall (D-Carbon) urges everyone to also be aware and protect their computer from scammers looking to steal personal information using fake e-mails.

If you see any e-mails in your inbox that claim to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC that ask you to create a "personal H1N1 vaccination profile," delete it immediately and don't open it.

The e-mail links to a fake Web site that tries to collect personal information and could also install a virus in the 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 more information on the fake e-mails or tips on how to prevent the real H1N1 virus, please call 1-877-PA HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) or visit www.H1N1inPA.com.

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