Tamiflu And Bird Flu (H5N1) Scams

“Some people have to worry about bird flu more than others.

An in-depth study has shown that the bird flu virus hits small cocks first.

I thought I’d warn you immediately”.



Bird Flu (the H5N1 virus) scams are generally designed to profit from your fears.

The ‘solution’ they offer, however, leads to a false sense of security at best.

Whilst bird flu may not be quite as newsworthy as it once was, an imminent bird flu pandemic still receives media coverage on a steady basis.

Should a bird flu pandemic really erupt then it would be a serious matter, with the potential to kill millions of people.

That said, people need to realise that the media profits by sensationalising their stories, especially those that cover ‘bad news’ – it attracts viewers and readers.

Fear is their business.. and business is good!

Fear sells.

Fear is good for those businesses that offer the appropriate solutions.

Unfortunately, this also creates opportunities for the scam artists.


Scammers exploit the fear of bird flu in order to line their pockets with your money.

Con artists have no concern for your welfare.

Instead they will risk the health of you and your family with the promise of bird flu vaccines and cures.

I would not recommend purchasing medicines through the mail, or over the internet, without a trusted doctor’s prescription.


Obtaining prescriptions these days is remarkably simple.

However, the wrong medicine can promise protections that do not exist, thereby leaving you to think you are safe when you most certainly are not.

Currently, it is believed that avian flu can only be contracted directly from birds.

However, the scientific community is concerned that bird flu could eventually mutate into a new strain of virus that could be passed between humans.

So while avian flu is quite deadly, the chances of you catching it are quite slim, assuming it stays in its present form.


One potential cure for bird flu is Tamiflu. (also now touted as a possible cure for swine flu)

One scam associated with that drug is the selling of generic versions of Tamiflu, typically through unregulated websites, which claim that their version is effective against bird flu.

Tamiflu is produced by a Swiss pharmaceutical company called Roche, so if you purchase Tamiflu then you should make sure that it is manufactured by them.

Roche themselves request people not to buy Tamiflu over the internet at all unless they are sure it is genuine and convinced of the seller’s reputation.

Generic versions of Tamiflu are unlikely to cause any harm, however, they do imbue the taker with a false sense of security.

Other bird flu scams include –


There are now many sites across the internet that sell face masks as protection against avian flu.

Some of these websites even make the bold claim that their masks can kill the bird flu.

No-one can be certain whether wearing a face mask will, or will not, afford some degree of protection.


Many of the email scams I have received recently have been of the pump and dump variety.

Often, these will be hyping up companies involved in researching or developing cures or vaccines to fight bird flu.

As ever, the scammers are simply trying to drive up the prices of the stock so that they can make a quick buck.

The truth of any hype utilised to do that is often very suspect.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


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