I receive about one of these each day. They appear to be as a result of one’s e-mail address book being hacked and copied for distribution. The thief then sends an e-mail to each recipient with a virus and/or an irrelevant link—just to confirm the stolen e-mail addresses are valid. Then the addresses are packaged and sold by the thousands/millions to who-knows-who? There do not seem to be any traces or virus’ left on the donor’s computer as commercial and sophisticated scans show no malware or virus. I was advised that one might protect one’s address book from hacking/pirating/copying by entering a dummy name and address. Somehow supposed to block the hacking/copying program. Unconfirmed but I have no indication that my address book has been hacked. May be like putting clothespins on a fuel line.
Can’t hurt—might help.
Name: !000!0000 (zeroes)
e-mail address: !000!0000@xxxxxxx
O Brave New World,
Hi To All,
DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK AFTER THE MESSAGE:
Err 23: Senders message failed to render.
Bob Merritt is contacting the member with a virus on his computer.
Posted by: "Rich Barber" <c300@xxxxxxx>
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