RE: A user got this email today:

  • From: "Mark Fugatt" <mark@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'[ExchangeList]'" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2003 13:02:14 -0400

It's a load of garbage and has been floating around the Internet for years,
ignore it and tell your users not to forward it to others. 

Mark Fugatt 
MCT, MCSE, Microsoft Exchange MVP 
Pentech Office Solutions Inc 
Tel:  585 586 3890
Cell: 585 576 4750
Fax:  585 249 0316 

-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Crain [mailto:DanC@xxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2003 1:00 PM
To: [ExchangeList]

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 itself 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 addresses. 

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 infected. 

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

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