Counterfeit Tamiflu capsules sold online by Russian crime gangs are reportedly putting Britons’ health at risk and adding to the dangers of identity and credit-card theft.
Sophos computer-security firm spokesman Graham Cluley said: “As more and more cases of swine flu in the UK come to light, it is essential that we resist the temptation to buy Tamiflu online.
“The criminal gangs at fake internet pharmacies are putting their customers’ health and personal details at risk. If you need medication, go to your doctor.”
He believes that thousands of Russian-based fraudsters work around the clock, primarily targeting the US, Germany, UK, Canada and France.
Crime gangs can earn between £10,000 and £60,000 a day, he said, and continuing concerns about swine flu could drive their profits even higher.
A Department of Health spokesman said: “There is no need to jump the queue or pay for antivirals. They are free on the NHS and being offered to all who need them.
“Anyone who buys medicines from internet sites could be in danger of receiving counterfeit or substandard medicines.”
Copyright Press Association 2009