I receive dozens of emails daily from contacts all over the country. These emails are my primary source of news stories and new information, and when I receive a warning like this (from a very credible source) I always pay attention. This came from a Microsoft representative:
‘Better to be safe than sorry, NEW COMPUTER VIRUS FOUND…You should be alert during the next few days and weeks. 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 as A POSTCARD IMAGE, then ‘burns’ the whole hard disc (C DRIVE) of your computer. This virus will be received from someone who has your email address in his/her contact list. This is the reason everyone needs to be alert. If you receive an email entitled “POSTCARD,” even though a friend sent it to you, do not open it!
Delete the message UN-OPENED, shut down your computer immediately, and kill the power for 30 seconds.
It has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. This virus was discovered by McAfee last Thursday, and there is no repair yet. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital information is kept.
Also, be aware the old virus from last year that looks like as a message from the Post Office with YOUR LOST PACKAGE in the subject line is making rounds again. It is a Virus and a scam! Do Not open any e-mail concerning a lost package even if it has the U.S. Post Office logo on it, DELETE IT UN-OPENED!’
I lost three separate computers last year to the Post Office virus.