I've seen an increase in viruses in email lately. They are originating from people who have contracted the virus. What the virus does is send out emails from your email address book in hopes the receivers of the email will click the link and get the virus as well. The person might not know they have this virus.
How to spot the virus:
1. The To: line in the email will often be in alphabetical order and/or addressed to everyone whose name starts with the same letter. When I get them I get all the 'G' named people in the sender's address book. Fred, for example, would get all the 'F' people.
2. It asks you to click a link. Recently these links have ended in .php
3. The wording doesnt sound like how your friend would talk or otherwise looks odd.
If ever in doubt, dont click the link. Opening the email won't infect you but clicking the link or opening an attachment will.
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)