Explore the latest news and trends  

Sign up for our weekly security newsletter

Be the first to receive important updates on security


Royal Pharmaceutical Society - Fake Anti-swine Flu Drug Spam Rising

UK's Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) claimed on July 3, 2009 that the swine flu pandemic or Influenza A (H1 N1) had made spam mails to promote fake 'Tamiflu', the most spammed drug on the web.

As per the World Health Organization, almost 70,000 people have been infected with the virus. Consequently, the rising number of cases has indirectly increased the number of spammers trying to exploit the swine flu pandemic for making illegal money.

David Pruce, Director of Policy, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, informs that after studying the sites that used to sell Viagra and the number of spam mails, it can simply be concluded that Tamiflu is the most spammed drug on the web, as reported by CNN on July 3, 2009.

Actually, it is noted that after the eruption of the pandemic, every site that was earlier selling Viagra has started selling Tamiflu.

David Pruce has cautioned people against purchasing the swine flu drug online saying that it is being sold by the same people who were earlier selling bogus Viagra online. In other words, attackers initially made money by selling counterfeit Viagra and now they have started selling fake anti-swine pills.

Meanwhile, the opinions of Pruce are supported by Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer of UK, who cautioned the public against purchasing anti-swine medication online.

Moreover, it is not just UK that is being spammed for online sales of H1N1 pills. Heath reports from Canada published in the first week of July 2009 revealed that some authentic pharmacy groups such as 'Canadian Pharmacy Group' were also involved in spamming to sell their anti-swine drugs online. It is known that the pharmacy group which is operated by affiliate program 'GlavMed' pays their spammers 40% commission for the sale of each pill.

Therefore, spammers are using all possible methods to make most of the swine flu pandemic. They know that the health of a near one is a matter of concern and it is here they strike their blow and sell the phony drugs through junks mails.

Related article: Real Estate Investors Warned of Misleading Spam Mails

» SPAMfighter News - 7/18/2009

3 simple steps to update drivers on your Windows PCSlow PC? Optimize your Slow PC with SLOW-PCfighter!Email Cluttered with Spam? Free Spam Filter!

Dear Reader

We are happy to see you are reading our IT Security News.

We do believe, that the foundation for a good work environment starts with fast, secure and high performing computers. If you agree, then you should take a look at our Business Solutions to Spam Filter & Antivirus for even the latest version of Exchange Servers - your colleagues will appreciate it!

Go back to previous page