Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray warns that a scam playing on fears of the swine flu virus is spreading a computer virus that could lead to identify theft.
Cordray said Tuesday that Ohioans need to beware of bogus e-mails that appear to come from the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announcing the launch of a state vaccination program for swine flu.
The messages encourage recipients to click on a link and download instructions for creating a personal vaccination profile.
Cordray warns that the download infects computers with a virus capable of sending the user's personal information back to the scammers.
The Attorney General says consumers should always resist links in e-mails that come from people they don't know personally.
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