The Better Business Bureau wants consumers to know that many scam artists see a panic-filled event such as a potential swine flu pandemic as a golden opportunity to catch victims with their guard down. "Scammers read newspapers, watch TV and surf the Internet, and they know that by using a hook from the day's top headlines, that they'll be able to catch lots of fish," said Jeannette Kopko of the BBB for Metropolitan Dallas. Security experts say customers should be on the lookout for swine flu vaccine sales pitches, but also e-mail "phishing" scams where an attention-grabbing headline can be used to steal personal information.

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