Is this a real threat?

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  1. crkit1

    crkit1 Registered Member

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    o_O Someone that I know forwarded this to me, but there were a lot of addressees whom I didn't recognize. Is this a real threat, or is someone pulling my leg. I thought it strange that the sites they warn about were hyperlinked. I replaced the hyperlinks with plain text. :)
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    There is a new worm circulating on the Internet that pretends to be an electronic greeting card.

    If you receive a message with the following from either friendgreetings.com or friend-card.net (or containing the information below), please delete it without clicking on hyperlink.

    Here is a sample of the message: Subject: %recipient% you have an E-Card from %sender%.
    Message: Greetings!

    %sender% has sent you an E-Card -- a virtual postcard from FriendGreetings.com. You can pickup your E-Card at the FriendGreetings.com by clicking on the link
    below.

    http ://www.friendgreetings.com/pickup/pickup.aspx?<extra content removed>

    Message:
    %recipient%
    I sent you a greeting card. Please pick it up.
    %sender%

    Connecting to this site will prompt you to download & install some software.
    DO NOT DO IT. DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK. DO NOT CLICK ON THE HYPERLINK.

    Virus protection dated 10/28/2002 or later will protect against this threat.

    John Zupancic
    Manager, Information Systems
    Fromm Electric Supply
    610-374-4441 x249
    jzupancic@frommelectric.com
     
  2. LowWaterMark

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    Hello crkit1,

    Here is a MSNBC article that describes this thing...

    http://www.msnbc.com/news/826033.asp?0na=x223F6Z0-&cp1=1

    There was a thread here a little while back talking about this, as well. You'll note that there have been some variations on this, an unwanted spam type message for software, a porn link and a real trojan...

    https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=4429;start=0

    So, yes, it is real. The question is - a real what? Also, I think the original site referenced is "off the air" now, probably shutdown because of the backlash related to all this.

    Here is what McAfee says about it:

    http://vil.nai.com/vil/content/v_99760.htm

    There's really nothing to be done about this other than just deleting this and any similar message you receive.

    Best Wishes,
    LowWaterMark
     
  3. pin

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    sort of an irresponsible way to send a warning.. since a lot of hoaxes are spread the same way.
     
  4. crkit1

    crkit1 Registered Member

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    :) Thanks LWM, very informative!
    :D I agree with Pin, I don't understand why the author hyperlinked the urls for these sites either. The woman that forwarded them to me, didn't know any better. I had a talk with her this morning. She has a bad habit of forwarding after a long list of previous forwards. I have asked her to just copy the text and send it from now on. Thanks guys! :D
     
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