I received the following message from a client asking if this virus threat is real. Does anyone have any thoughts on how to determine whether I should tell my client to be concerned about this or not?
> Fwd: Fw: Hallmark Virus alert
> FOR REAL ALERT VIRUS...
> Subject: FW: Hallmark Virus alert
> Big time VIRUS Coming....PLEASE READ, DO NOT IGNORE
> FYI TO ALL.
> Dave's brother is a very advanced programmer who does computer work
> for a living and has a high up status with Microsoft.
> He doesn't send these if they aren't real. If he says this is
> for real, it for sure is. Be aware.
> VIRUS COMING !
> I checked with Norton Anti-Virus, and they are gearing up for this virus!
> I checked Snopes, and it is for real. Get this E-mail message sent
> around to your contacts ASAP.
> 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