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192[infoguys-list] IMPORTANT: The Melissa Virus

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  • BUSTATHEIF@aol.com
    Mar 29, 1999
      IMPORTANT: The Melissa Virus is circulating the Internet and affecting
      Microsoft Word 97 and Outlook users. Click
      <A HREF="aol://4344:2452.scam8.26156719.607148986">here</A> for details.

      E-mail & Hyperlink Safety
      Oftentimes, you'll find hyperlinks (blue, underlined words or phrases that
      link to AOL or Internet sites) in e-mail messages. Hyperlinks can be used as
      handy shortcuts to online areas. However, beware of hyperlinks in e-mails from
      strangers! If you received e-mail with any of the following subject lines,
      please read this entire article!

      * <A HREF="aol://4344:2452.scam7.26156718.607143950">Beanie Babys</A>
      * <A HREF="aol://4344:2452.safe35.26154293.604962198">AOL Rewards</A>
      * <A HREF="aol://4344:2452.scam3.26155454.606180034">Surf The Internet 250%
      Faster!/Lightening Speeds For AOL Members/ Service Update</A>
      * <A HREF="aol://4344:2452.scam2.26155453.606180033">6000 Free AOL Minutes</A>
      * <A HREF="aol://4344:2452.scam1.26155446.606180033">AOL Billing Problem</A>
      * <A HREF="aol://4344:2452.scam5.26155456.606180034">!AOL Update! Read Now!
      * <A HREF="aol://4344:2452.scam6.26155757.606528834">AOL NetMail 2.0</A>

      Scammers often use hyperlinks to direct you to Web sites that look like
      official AOL or AOL.COM pages, but are not. The e-mails and Web pages may
      claim that you've won a prize or encourage you to sign up for testing of a new
      product or service. NEVER click on hyperlinks in e-mail sent to you by

      To participate, these scammers ask you to enter your AOL screen name and
      password. AOL staff will NEVER ask you for your password or credit card
      information. Some Web pages may automatically download computer viruses or
      Trojan Horse programs to your computer. These programs can damage your
      computer files or send your password back to the scammer. With your screen
      name and password, the scammer can sign on to your AOL account, read your e-
      mail, send e-mail in your name, and even violate AOL's Terms of Service, which
      may result in the termination of your account.

      To keep your computer and your AOL account safe, NEVER click on hyperlinks in
      e-mail sent to you by strangers. And NEVER enter your screen name and password
      into a Web page unless it is an official AOL Web page. Official AOL Web pages
      can be found at AOL.COM at http://www.aol.com

      Tip: To play it safe, you can display the destination of the hyperlinks before
      you click on them. Simply position the cursor over the hyperlink. AOL will
      display its destination. Links to Web pages will show the Web address or URL.
      Links to areas on AOL will say "On AOL only." Mac users: hold down the Control
      key, click on the hyperlink, then choose View address. The hyperlink address
      will appear. Displaying the destination, before clicking on a hyperlink, is
      helpful if you're not sure if you should follow the link.

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