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The following was posted on the Community Leaders Team:

i also checked this out on snopes.com and it is true..........

"FBI Internet Alert: Beware Valentine E-Card

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 1:20 PM

The FBI released Tuesday a warning for Internet users:

If you unexpectedly receive a Valentine’s Day e-card, be careful. It may not be from a secret admirer, but instead might contain the Storm Worm virus.

With the holiday approaching, be on the lookout for spam e-mails spreading the Storm Worm malicious software (malware). The e-mail directs the recipient to click on a link to retrieve the electronic greeting card (e-card). Once the user clicks on the link, malware is downloaded to the Internet-connected device and causes it to become infected and part of the Storm Worm botnet. A botnet is a network of compromised machines under the control of a single user. Botnets are typically set up to facilitate criminal activity such as spam e-mail, identity theft, denial of service attacks, and spreading malware to other machines on the Internet.

The Storm Worm virus has capitalized on various holidays in the last year by sending millions of e-mails advertising an e-card link within the text of the spam e-mail. Valentine's Day has been identified as the next target.

Be wary of any e-mail received from an unknown sender. Do not open any unsolicited e-mail and do not click on any links provided."





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this was posted on another team and thought it was worth sharing..........

Remember to wear red tomorrow to remind everyone about women's heart health. Heart disease is the #1 cause of death for women. It beats all forms of cancer combined. Wear something red tomorrow (Friday, Feb 1) to remind people of this. For more information you can go to http://www.goredforwomen.org/ for more information.

As people who are overweight to some degree, this is something that can happen to any of us.




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I love this idea, I am making my own Christmas cards this year and will be sure to send at least one, hopefully more! Ann Landers (I think) used to always have an address for sending cards to soldiers still stationed overseas and I know a lot of schools, churches, and other organizations get together gift packages to send as well. I've always wanted to "adopt a soldier" for year round, I wonder how that is done?? Guess I'll Google it and find out, I mean, a Christmas card is great, but ongoing mail is even better. I imagine a lot of soldiers don't get a lot of mail - maybe they don't have much (or any family) and few (or no) friends to write to them.

I've been away from home a number of times and haven't always struck up friendships with anyone in the area, it's very lonely.

thanks for letting us know about this!
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this was posted on another team i'm on and thought you might be interested......

I have a request that you pass this on to all the teams you belong to, and request th members to pass it on to the teams they belong to until every team has this.

This is an unpaid Public Service Announcement.

Whether you believe the US is correct in it's dealing with Iraq/Afghanistan or not, remember that our ladies and gentlemen signed a blank check of their life to be used to stand in the way of injustice and for our freedoms.

Our President and Congress make the decision when and where we deploy our military and these young people have nothing to say about where they go.

If the feeling strikes you, when you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please
include one to the following:

A Recovering American Soldier
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20307-5001

If you haven't been in or very close to a situation such as they have found themselves in, you can't begin to believe how much it does for their morale.

Medically, it's been proven that those injured who have the higher morale recover quicker than those who are more depressed.

If you can imagine that you've been grievously wounded, I think you can imagine how Depressed you would be.

I can think of very few more nobel things to do then helping to raise the spirit of someone wounded in body and mind.

If all the Spark members just sent one card, there would be a million+ cards delivered to Walter Reed.

CPT Bob


hugs to all.............lita





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Thanks for the info. I haven't recieved anything.




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This article actually has quite a bit of mis-information and unsupported innuendo. For more information, check out http://www.snopes.com/medical/myths/coldwa
ter.asp

Snopes.com is a reputable website that researches these urban legends that are circulating in emails. Before passing along the information you receive in such emails, it's a good idea to check out their validity. The business about cold water turning ingested fats to a cancer-causing sludge is completely false.

i'm so sorry ...........my intentions were only for the good............i guess i'm too trusting and am not that computor savy........i got this off another team i'm on and thought that the imformation was valid ........never heard of snopes.com
lesson learned,thanks for clearing this up.......lita




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Heart Attacks and drinking Warm Water

This is a very good article. Not only about the warm water after your meal, but about heart attacks. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals, not cold water, maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating.
For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this "sludge" reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.
A serious note about heart attacks - You should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.
You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive.
A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this message sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life. Read this & Send to a friend. It could save a life. So, please be a true friend and send this article to all your friends you care about


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Thanks for all the good information! I will definitely keep an eye out for all of these things! AndreaZ

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this was just posted on another team i'm on............

This is from the FDA Website

Metz Fresh Announces Voluntary Recall of Spinach
Contact:
Metz Fresh
831-386-1018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Salinas, CA -- August 28, 2007 -- Metz Fresh, LLC is voluntarily recalling bagged spinach as a result of a positive test for Salmonella found during routine company testing.
The spinach is distributed under the label Metz Fresh, in both retail and food service packages. These include 10 and 16 oz bags as well as 4-2.5 lb. and 4 lb. cartons. The only Metz Fresh product affected is spinach that bears the tracking codes 12208114, 12208214 and 12208314. It was distributed in the continental United States and Canada.
There have been no reports of illness or problems related to this spinach.
Salmonella is a common food borne pathogen that can cause severe illnesses, including fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. While most individuals recover in three to five days without medical intervention, the infection can be life-threatening to young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Consumers with any of these symptoms should call their physician.
Consumers are advised to discard this product or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact 831-386-1018.
"Nothing is more important to Metz Fresh than the safety of our consumers, period," said Andrew Cumming, President of Metz Fresh. "As soon as we learned of the presumptive positive test, we directed all customers to hold all boxes of the spinach affected as a precaution. Now, with this positive test confirmation, there is no question that we would recall and destroy all spinach bearing these three codes."
The positive test came during independent lab testing Metz Fresh conducts on all of its products. Through its labeling and numbering system, Metz Fresh has already tracked, located and put 'holds' on the vast majority of the cartons of spinach affected. That spinach will not be released into the marketplace.
While the positive test came from only one sample of many on three packing lines, Metz Fresh has, as a precaution, chosen to recall all of the spinach from the ‘field lot’ packed that day on all three lines.
Metz Fresh is keeping appropriate authorities updated on the status of the voluntary recall.




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I got this one yesterday...good thing I saw right through it and deleted it! Someone at work had a computer virus issue today :(

 
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Thanks for the info. I have received quite a few of these emails. but some say classmate, some say a friend, and I also got one that said from American Greetings site. I belong to that site and luckily I connected them asking if they were changing their format to send cards before I opened it.

Again Thanks for getting this info out.

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7/26/07 9:41 P

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A good way to think about it is looking at the very end part of the file name.

A picture is usually something like .jpg or other file format you recognize...a document would be .doc, etc.

.exe means "executable" and tells you that it's a program that will run on your computer.

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this was just posted

Symantec, Norton, had it covered as well.

The following was taken from the Symantec site. The threat is not resticted to greeting cards:

...Symantec also strongly urges users to be cautious of any unsolicited email that contains attachments that claim to be legitimate or interesting. The technique of using interesting subject lines or attachment names in emails in order to distribute malicious code is known as "social engineering". This technique has been used by threat writers for many years and, unfortunately, is often successful against unprotected users. The usage of recent news events as part of the email is especially common among these techniques.

The file attachment will be one of the following:

FullVideo.exe
Full Story.exe
Video.exe
Read More.exe
FullClip.exe
GreetingPostcard.exe
MoreHere.exe
FlashPostcard.exe
GreetingCard.exe
ClickHere.exe
ReadMore.exe
FlashPostcard.exe
FullNews.exe
Given the changing nature of this threat it is likely that additional subject lines or attachment names may appear. Users are encouraged to not open emails such as these.



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I received this email last night. I did not open, thanks for the heads up. I always wonder what those are, but still not worth messing up my whole computer to find out.

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this was posted today on a board here

I hate getting those emails saying that there's a virus being sent around when the person did not check with Snopes or some other reputable site before forwarding yet another hoax. But, I just got this information in an email, I have checked it out and it is a valid virus - a REALLY BAD one. Also, your anti-viral software does not protect against this one. It started making the rounds on the net in June 2007, so it's very new.

It sounds very innocent. It's just an email telling you that you have a free eCard and has a web link to the site. If you click on it, the site installs a variant of the "Storm Trojan" which is "a very aggressive piece of malware that has been hijacking computers to serve as attacker bots." I actually received this email but marked it as SPAM, clicked on delete, and forgot about it. That was about two weeks ago.

The subject line on my email said
"You've received a greeting ecard from a classmate!"
I couldn't think of a classmate that would send me an ecard and assumed it was spam. It was actually a virus.

The email looks just like all the others you get when someone sends you a free ecard.

Feel free to check out the information for yourself at:

http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/pos
tcard.asp

Please let your friends know.

Thanks




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