Russian crime gangs are making millions selling counterfeit Tamiflu to paranoid Britons online, it was claimed yesterday.
Anxious residents who fear they may not be able to obtain the drug through the NHS may be lining the pockets of overseas conmen.
Graham Cluley, of computer security firm Sophos, said: “As more and more cases of swine flu in the UK come to light, it is essential that we all resist the panic-induced temptation to purchase Tamiflu online.
“The criminal gangs working behind the scenes at fake internet pharmacies are putting their customers' health, personal information and credit card details at risk.”
Investigators believe thousands of fraudsters, mostly based in Russia, work around the clock to promote the illegal goods.