As awareness of H1N1 flu sweeps the nation, an industry of scams and fake cures has sprung up around it.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has warned Colorado residents about a phishing scam in the state revolving around the flu virus.
CBI Director Ron Sloan said people have gotten e-mails telling them they must register with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in order to receive the H1N1 vaccine.
By clicking on a link that says it will allow people to create a profile on the CDC Web site, residents run the risk of installing malicious code on their computer, he said.
"By responding to the message, people may inadvertently provide information that leaves them vulnerable to identity theft. The information requested through this e-mail message would never be requested by the CDC," Sloan said.
The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team is collecting phishing e-mails and Web sites. To report a scam, contact the US-CERT at phishing-report@ us-cert.gov.
No reports of the phishing scam have surfaced in Utah yet, said Tom Hudachko, spokesman for the Utah Department of Health.
Weber-Morgan Health Department spokeswoman Lori Buttars said she had not heard of the phishing e-mail, but had seen advertisements for fake cures for H1N1.
"We do know that there are crackpot people out there trying to make money off H1N1," she said.
Buttars said no residents had asked her about any of the fake cures, but that advertisements for H1N1 remedies had started turning up on the sidebar of the health department's Facebook page and other sites with official H1N1 information.