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I have noticed a substantial increase in the number of infected emails I have been receiving, and as well, emails from good intentioned people informing me that they had received an email containing a virus from Healthlinks. Just to set the record straight, the Healthlinks server has active virus software that can trap and detect problem emails before they are sent out, additionally our servers are not Windows based which means that it would be highly unusual and as well alarming if you received an email containing a virus from us. 

More than likely emails using the address are spoofed from spammers. You can verify this in both Outlook and Outlook Express by expanding the email into it's own window and clicking on Options, this will show you where the email came from.

Some general rules of thumb regarding emails are the following: 

Never open an attachment unless you absolutely know what the contents of the attachment is, virus writers are very cleaver and can make an email look like it came from someone you know (they do this by accessing your address book); 

Run an active virus scan such as Norton Anti-Virus all the time and make sure you renew your subscription, seven to ten new viruses are created each day; 

Never provide financial or personal information in response to an email verification request no matter how official the email looks. Companies such as EBay, PayPal, Wells Fargo, CitiBank, etc will never send you a request for verification. If in doubt, call your financial institution.

Finally I have been receiving 10 to 20 emails a day (usually from Nigeria, but more and more are coming from other countries) wanting to give me large sums of money to invest on their behalf. They usually start out by saying they got my name from some official organization and know that I can be trusted. This is not only spam, but as well a major scam and I am constantly amazed by the number of people that fall for this. If you respond to these you are asking for major problems. remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!

Stan Gelber


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