Identity thieves are taking advantage of swine flu to scam consumers electronically, state officials are warning.

Identity thieves are taking advantage of swine flu to scam consumers electronically, state officials are warning.

Scam e-mails may include links to bogus health Web sites that seek to obtain private financial information, said Oregon Attorney General John Kroger.

He said Oregonians should avoid opening e-mails, clicking on links to Web sites or opening attachments from people or organizations they don't know.

For more information, call the state's Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-877-877-9392 or visit www.doj.state.or.us.

— Sanne Specht