Postcard from Hallmark Virus Hoax
I keep receiving e-mail messages from my family and friends asking me about the "Postcard from Hallmark" virus that will destroy their hard drives. They were sent an e-mail message claiming that if they receive an e-mail entitle "Postcard from Hallmark", they should shut down their computers because the e-mail contains a virus which will “burn" their hard disc drives. Also, it claims the virus was discovered by anti-virus software makers Microsoft, McAfee and Norton.
The jokers behind this e-mail hoax have frighten a lot of persons and have caused thousands of persons to send this same e-mail message to everyone they know, informing them of the so-called threat. I do not know the reason why the persons behind the e-mail sent it and what they hope to achieve. Maybe they want to create panic and I have everyone shutting down their computers when they receive an e-mail with "Postcard from Hallmark" in the subject.
Here is a copy of the Postcard from Hallmark Hoax email
Subject: URGENT READ - DO NOT DELETE DO NOT DELETE DO NOT DELETE?
THIS IS IMPORTANT_*
BEWARE and tell everybody you can think of!!!
Better to be safe than sorry
Dave' s brother is a very advanced programmer who does computer work for
a living and has a high up status with Microsoft.
He doesn't send these if they aren't real. If He says this is for real, it for sure is. Be aware.
VIRUS COMING !
I checked with Norton Anti-Virus, and they are gearing up for this virus!
I checked Snopes , and it is for real. Get this E-mail message sent around to your contacts ASAP.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CONTACTS!
You should be alert during the next few days. Do not open any message with an attachment
entitled *POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK *, regardless of who sent it to you.
It is a virus which opens *A POSTCARD IMAGE, *which 'burns' the whole
hard disc C of your computer.
This virus will be received from someone who has your e -mail address in his/her contact list.
This is the reason you need to send this e -mail to all your contacts. It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.
If you receive an email entitled *"POSTCARD," *even though it was sent to you by a friend, do not open it! Shut down your computer immediately. This is the worst virus announced by CNN.
It has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of Virus.
This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital information is kept.
COPY THIS E-MAIL AND SEND IT TO YOUR FRIENDS. REMEMBER: IF YOU SEND IT TO THEM, YOU WILL BENEFIT ALL OF US
Please DO NOT forward this e-mail to anyone and if someone sends it to you, let them know it is a hoax. When you forward these e-mails to other persons, you are exposing their e-mail addresses to spammers.
The e-mail that was forwarded to me had approximately 500 e-mail addresses belonging to persons who have already received the e-mail message.
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