Yesterday, I received this e-mail from a well meaning ex-colleague.
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 why 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 a mail called' POSTCARD,' even though 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
So,being the good citizen, I duly sent it to everyone on my mailing list.
This was the reply I got from a very grumpy Old Man on the list :
I have just typed 'Postcard from Hallmark - virus' into Google and got an instant reply 'Hoax'.
Could you do the same next time and save youself and all your acquaintences a lot of time and worry.
His spelling and my highlight.
I've now posted his reply to everyone on my mailing list, with the exception of him.
After all, I wanted to put his message to some good use.