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Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 10:01 AM


I received an e-mail this morning about this 'worst virus ever' and it includes a warning to not pick up any e-cards you've been sent by clicking on the link in that e-mail. It looks legitimate, having been sent to you by someone you know, and can be from Hallmark, 123 Greetings, or any of the other e-card companies.

According to Snopes, do not click on the link contained in the e-mail. Instead, copy the pick-up code in the e-maili, then go directly to that company's Web site, find the pick-up page and paste the code that was included in your e-mail.

Uclonewolf often puts a greeting card link in a birthday thread and I thought the cards were so nice that I've started doing that also, and I know others do too. But those links go directly to the card on the card company's Web page, so those would be safe.

I usually rely pretty heavily on Snopes' advice, but some of you who work with computers all the time, can you verify if the above is true? It would be a shame to not be able to send or receive e-mail greetings.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 10:16 AM

Thanks for the warning!

Chyenn  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1332)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 1:00 PM

i use and here's part of what they say about malicious mail:

"More about the recent phishing attack

A wide variety of websites and brands have been affected. While the subject line of the malicious ecard email tends to be generic, such as "You've received an ecard from a class-mate!" or "You've received a postcard from a family member," more recent examples include brand-specific messaging such as "Worshipper sent you a postcard from" Also, the pickup link within a malicious ecard email is most likely always an IP address, such as, which is much different than the typically used pickup link from a legitimate ecard sender that starts off with the host name (e.g., and not a series of numbers. As of August 23rd, we have started observing fake emails where the link shows a host name (e.g., but the actual link goes to an IP address instead of To see if there is an IP address associated with the link, hover over it with your cursor. If you see a URL when hovering over the link that has a series of numbers, such as http://89.678.999.12, it is not a legitimate link and you should not click on it. "

here's the link for more info:

hope that helps, Pat.


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