'...Hoax warnings are typically scare alerts started by malicious people - and passed on by innocent
users who think they are helping the community by spreading the warning...'
(F-Secure Hoax Alert).
'...Rumours (often distributed by well-meaning users) of viruses which supposedly infect the user when
he or she reads an e-mail message ('Good Times', 'Penpal Greetings', 'Irina', 'Deeyenda Maddick',etc.);
the truth is that simple text messages do not contain viruses...'
(Dr Solomon's Virus Center).
In case you've received an e-mail containing a virus warning please check carefully for a real virus or a hoax. Typical phrases in the body of a virus hoax might be:
Basically, email messages encouraging you to forward the information to all your email contacts, are considered typical for a hoax.
Common hoax warnings:
Most popular hoaxes on the Internet: Check out the Latest Hoaxes page.
Please do not forward your virus warnings without checking for a real virus or a hoax.
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