SCAMwatch is warning consumers to be on the look out for scammers seeking to profit from the recent swine flu health threat.
There has been a surge in reports overseas of cybercriminals capitalising on fears about swine flu to scam internet users.
Cyber criminals are sending billions of spam emails mentioning swine flu to trick people into opening messages. The majority of spam emails appear to be coming from Brazil, the United States and Germany.
Spammers are exploiting the virus to sell bogus pharmaceuticals or infect computers with malicious software.
Authorities overseas warn that scammers have created bogus websites to provide information about swine flu and to sell pills/survival kits. The scammer may also try to trick people into sending money or providing personal information.
Scamwatch advises consumers not to open spam emails. Consumers are also advised not to send money and provide personal details to people they don’t know and trust.