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Postcard from Hallmark Virus Hoax

Date: November 28, 2012 4:54 PM - Views: 11,962 - Article ID:4779 - Comments: 2
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




 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.


 Hi All,

 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.


 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.



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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Comments or Questions (2)

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  • Anonymous: Jan 11, 2013

    Bcc: stands for "blind carbon copy." This is similar to the Cc: feature, except that Bcc: recipients are invisible to all the other recipients of the message (including other Bcc: recipients). For example, if you send a message To: and Bcc:, then johndoe sees himself as the message's only recipient. Janedoe, on the other hand, is "in the know"—she can see that you sent the message To: johndoe, and that you blind-copied her. ~

  • Anonymous: Jan 11, 2013

    Hi there! I understood that if you forward the email by "BCC" nobody will see the addresses. is that correct?
    By the way, i didn`t forward it. ~

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