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Valentine’s Day greetings can contain more than a message of affection

Feb. 12, 2009 – Don't intend to send love, and end up sending a world of computer trouble this Valentine's Day, warns the Better Business Bureau of Chicago. New-fangled … showings of love can instead cause grief this Valentine's Day, so consumers are urged to use caution when opening electronic cards or sending flowers.

People are expected to send millions of electronic Valentine's Day cards this year. If you unexpectedly receive an electronic greeting card (e-card), be careful. Instead of carrying words of love, it might contain the Storm Worm computer virus.

"Unexpected emails are often the culprits that spread computer viruses," said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois.  "Suspicious emails often direct the recipient to click on a link to retrieve an e-card. Once the user clicks on the link, a virus is downloaded to the computer or mobile device and it becomes infected."

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