scam virus alert

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Rita, Dec 4, 2004.

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  1. Rita

    Rita Infrequent Poster

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    I received this email today-I guess it's one of those scam alerts talked about here the other day,sent to me by a well intentioned person.I wonder why someone would start one of these in the first place?


    Very Urgent!!!!!!!...
    >
    > PASS THIS ON TO ANYONE YOU HAVE AN E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR.
    >
    > If you receive an email titled: "It Takes Guts to Say Jesus"
    > DO NOT OPEN IT. It will erase everything on your hard drive.
    > This information was announced yesterday morning from IBM; AOL states that
    > this is a very dangerous virus, much worse than
    > "Melissa," and that there is NO Remedy for it at this time.
    > Some very sick individual has succeeded in using the reformat function from
    > Norton Utilities causing it to completely erase all documents on the hard
    > drive.
    > It has been designed to work with Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet
    > Explorer.
    > It destroys Macintosh and IBM compatible computers.
    >
    > This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know about it. Pass
    > this warning along to EVERYONE in your address book ! and please share it with
    > all your online friends ASAP so that this threat may be stopped.
    >
    > Please practice cautionary measures and tell anyone that may have access to
    > your computer. Forward this warning to everyone that you know that might access
    > the Internet.
     
  2. gerardwil

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  3. Eldar

    Eldar Registered Member

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    Indeed. ;)
    Only virus warnings from Kaspersky or my ICT department count.
    Nonetheless people feel the need to forward these annoying hoax messages.
    Sometimes these messages tell you to remove a file from your system.
    Wrong move -> you just deleted a system file. :eek:
    Always verify what you're going to delete.
     
  4. nadirah

    nadirah Registered Member

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    It's gonna spread via junk-email for sure...
     
  5. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

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    The minute I either see a page of forwards or the phrase Pass this warning on to everyone in your address book, I stop reading and delete.

    Every now and then when I am really annoyed I will send back a "polite" missive about educating themselves and send to a reply all. Grrrrr
     
  6. meneer

    meneer Registered Member

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    I'm amazed how easy people paste their entire address book in the To: or CC: field of their mail client when they send this kind of hoax.
     
  7. Peaches4U

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    And also amazing how many do not bother to check before forwarding to see if in fact the warning is legit - especially if they have been given a link where this can be done. :(
     
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