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Spam bin Laden emails could steal personal information

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin officials are warning that scam artists are using the death of Osama bin Laden to steal personal information from consumers.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says people should be cautious of unsolicited e-mails that supposedly include photos or videos involving the terrorist's death.

Officials say the content can include a virus programmed to steal things stored on a computer, like Social Security numbers, credit card and bank numbers, and usernames and passwords. That information can be used to commit identity theft.

Officials say fraudulent messages often include misspellings, poor grammar and nonstandard English. Officials also recommend using virus protection software that updates daily and say never to agree to download software to view videos.

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