Postcard from Hallmark - -

07/29/09 - Article No: 68. Filed under: -

The now famous `Postcard from Hallmark` fake virus hoax will go down into the archive of famous online hoaxes having enjoyed massive success over the past few years. An email snippet from the spoof message can be seen below. Of course, most of what the email claims is technically impossible, and its aim is just to frighten people into propagating it as much as possible.

To further confuse issues, antivirus companies later announced there was a real virus spreading bearing the Hallmark name. Whether this was coincedence or intentional is unknown, but the virus still bears no resemblance to the virus purported in the email hoax, so any warnings about phantom Hallmark viruses can simply be deleted, along with any other suspicious looking emails bearing the Hallmark name.

Additionally, some of the wording can be traced back to the Olympic Virus hoax which has been circulating for many years.

It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD IMAGE - it `burns` the entire hard disc C. This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in their contact list. This is the reason why you must send this e-mail to all your contacts. It is better to receive this message multiple times than to receive the virus and open it.
If you receive mail called `POSTCARD,` even though sent to you by a friend, do not open it! Shut down your computer immediately.


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collected via email, May 2010
HUGE VIRUS COMING ! PLEASE READ & FORWARD!This has been checked with Norton Anti-Virus, and they are gearing up for this virus! and also checked Snopes, and it is for real. Do not open any message with an attachment entitled `POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK,` regardless of who sent it to you. It is a virus which opensA POSTCARD IMAGE, which `burns` the whole harddisc C drive off your computer

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