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howela 07-17-2007 02:53 PM

Greeting Card Virus


The FBI continues to receive reports of Internet fraud related to electronic greeting cards containing malware (malicious software). The cards, which are also referred to as e-cards or postcards, are being sent via spam. Like many other Internet fraud schemes, the perpetrators use social engineering tactics to entice the victim, claiming the card is from a family member or friend. Although there have been variations in the spam message and attached malware, generally the spam directs the recipient to click the link provided in the email to view their e-card. Upon clicking the link, the recipient is unknowingly taken to a malicious web page.

joepole 07-17-2007 04:05 PM

A tip:

Never click on any link in any email.

rhertz 07-18-2007 11:59 AM

Another tip:

Install a good anti-malware package. Hey this might make a good thread.. What brand of anti-virus-spyware software do you use? Do you use a "suite" of tools? Or pick ala carte?

I use AVG anti-malware package. It has virus and spyware protection. The full blown package also has personal firewall. I don't like personal firewalls so I went with the double play instead of the triple play package.

Then I run adware and spybot every so often. (free versions) This keeps me pretty clean. (which is relative nowadays) That and not clicking links in emails. :D

Packages that I don't like are Norton which doesn't work worth a darn IMO. Spyware Doctor is OK but I don't like PCTools antivirus. CA makes good stuff (eTrust?)

joepole 07-18-2007 12:17 PM

I run nothing because stuff like this is ridiculously easy to avoid.

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