A user got this email today:

  • From: "Dan Crain" <DanC@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2003 13:00:21 -0400

What's everyone think?

How To Protect Your Address Book 

I learned a computer trick today that's really ingenious in its 
simplicity. As you may know, when/if a worm virus gets into your 
computer, it heads straight for your email address book, and sends
to everyone in there, thus infecting all your friends and associates. 
This trick won't keep the virus from getting into your computer, but it 
will stop it from using your address book to spread further, and it will

alert you to the fact, that the worm has gotten into your system. 

Here's what you do: 

First, open your address book and click on "new contact," just as you 
would do if you were adding a new friend to your list of email

In the window where you would type your friend's first name, 
type in AAAAAAA. Same in space labeled screen name and E-Mail address.

Now, here's what you've done and why it works: 
The "name" AAAAAAA will be placed at the top of your address book as 
entry #1. This will be where the worm will start in an effort to send 
itself to all your friends. But, when it tries to send itself to 
AAAAAAA, it will be undeliverable because of the phony email address you

entered. If the first attempt fails (which it will, because of the phony

address), the worm goes no further and your friends will not be

Here's the second great advantage of this method: 
If an email cannot be delivered, you will be notified of this in your 
Inbox almost immediately. Hence, if you ever get an email telling you 
that an email addressed to AAA could not be delivered, you know right 
away that you have the worm virus in your system. You can then take 
steps to get rid of it! 

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