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Fake E-Greeting Card Infecting Machines on Campus

The ITS Help Desk and Information Security Office have received reports of several phony electronic greeting card email messages circulating. These emails are a hoax. If you click the link you will infect your computer with unwanted software, spyware, or a virus. Windows computers are at risk of infection. Mac OS X running a Windows virtual machine could also be infected.

When you receive an email message from a legitimate electronic greeting card provider, the sender's name and email address are listed in the subject line or in the body of the message. If the email has no such identifying information, do NOT click the link or follow the instructions in the email. Delete the email immediately.

ITS recommends that you proactively protect your computer and your information. If you have any concerns about whether a message is valid, contact the ITS Help Desk. Do NOT respond to or click links in questionable emails.

Example Fake Electronic Greeting Email

Warning: DO NOT RESPOND TO OR CLICK ANY LINKS IN THESE EMAILS.

Hello,

A friend had sent you an
electronic e-card
from our Free Electronic
e-Card Service.

Your e-Card number is: 071206121215TiG

This e-Card was created today.

Use the following method to view your e-Card:

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Method

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To view your electronic greeting card,
simply click on the following link:

[The message provides a URL that the user is intended to click. That URL is omitted from the sample.] (If your mail program does not support this feature, you will have to
COPY and PASTE the address into your browser's location bar.)

Regards
Webmaster

Last updated August 9, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

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