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Old 06-29-2005, 07:10 PM   #1
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I answered this email called "A friend has invited you to <some remember me email link thing>". I opened it, because I really did think it was one of my friends. No names were included, so I immediately deleted the message. Do you think (or is it possible) for viruses to come on your comp by merely opening email messages, or do you have to click on links within the message?
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Old 06-29-2005, 07:18 PM   #2
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it depends...
the body of n email can contain html, and hence active X controls...

even using the preview pane of outlook can be as bad as browsing to spyware filled websites.
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I wish I still had the email to prove it, but I completely deleted it, in fear.
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well... firefox helps with that adware. couldve been gmail, but i think that said the name of the person who sent it. If your realy woried of a virus or somethen, ask all of ur friends...
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well... firefox helps with that adware. couldve been gmail, but i think that said the name of the person who sent it. If your realy woried of a virus or somethen, ask all of ur friends...
It wasn't a gmail invite, and anyway... I have gmail. I'll ask.
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Did it have an attachment?
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Did it have an attachment?
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Old 06-30-2005, 09:57 AM   #8
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I think this email may have somehow been related to it... I replied "delete"

Hi - g9core@gmail.com

Sent from Gemma Brown.

I recently received a chain letter (A piece of mail that had been forwarded to me) that had your e-mail address in it along with several other peoples.

I thought that as your mail address was on one of these chain letters (forwards) you may have others that you would be willing to send to me. I know that this might sound like a daft request but I can assure you that this is a serious request. I am involved in a university project that is based over a year and we are analysing Internet mail, we are trying to ascertain trends and patterns to come up with some fairly accurate statistics regarding the type of mail that circulates around the internet, we know that 70% of all mail is spam but what we donít know is what percentage of that spam accounts for chain mail (forwards of any type, something that has been forwarded to you, a piece of mail that has formed part of a chain).

Please send absolutely anything and everything that remotely resembles chain mail, forwards of any type (even the rude ones). My project is based over a year and I need one million forwards for this project to be a success, so please keep them coming and donít worry I have some pretty huge mail boxes.

I would be grateful if you would be kind enough to forward this piece of mail to all your friends as I need as much help as I can get.

Please send all chain mail (forwards) to the following address. gemma18@research-project.org

Everyone that helps will receive a copy of our results and findings in January of next year so please help if you can.

Thanks

Gemma

Reference No - (MFPG1YX7L2P)

You will only receive this mail the once, it will not be sent to you again and your e-mail address will not be passed on, however to conform to the law we must give you the opportunity to have your e-mail removed from our list. Please reply with the word delete to have your address removed.
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do yourself a favpur and never ever reply to spam emails...
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Old 06-30-2005, 12:05 PM   #10
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don't worry about it, we get them all day long
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