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Risky Valentines

This news item expired February 18, 2009. It may contain out-of-date information.
Valentine's Day is near, which also means it's another e-card phishing holiday.

Spammers often use e-cards as a way to distribute viruses and spyware. They lure their victims by sending e-cards relevant to the current holiday (such as Valentine's Day) and try to trick you into believing the message is from someone you know by using common names (Steve, Pat, or Mary) or unusual names (like Baldwin) to pique your curiosity.

The solution? Don't click on links in e-cards. Clicking on the link within the e-card could take you to a website where a virus or spyware is installed on your computer.

Keep you and your computer safe. Delete e-cards, even if they are tempting.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact the Solution Center by phone at 515-294-4000, via email at , or by stopping in at 195 Durham Center. Visit them on the web at http://www.it.iastate.edu/solution/.