So I got another hoax email today. This one is about a virus going around:
>PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CONTACTS:
>You should be alert during the next days: Do not open any message
>with an attached filed called “Invitation” regardless of who sent it
>It is a virus that opens an Olympic Torch which “burns” the
>whole hard disc C of your computer. This virus will be received from
>who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list, that is why you
>send this e-mail to all your contacts. It is better to receive this
>25 times than to receive the virus and open it.
>If you receive a mail called “invitation”, though sent by a
>friend,do not open it and shut down your computer immediately.
>This is the worst virus announced by CNN, it has been
>classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever.
>This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no
>repair yet for this k ind of virus.
>This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard
>Disc,where the vital information is kept.
>SEND THIS E-MAIL TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW, COPY THIS E-MAIL AND
>SEND IT TO YOUR FRIENDS AND REMEMBER: IF YOU SEND IT TO THEM, YOU
>WILL BENEFIT ALL OF US.
Now I am going to reiterate a little of what I said yesterday. Anything that you are “supposed” to forward to everyone is another red flag. I ran it through Snopes and this hoax has been around since 2000. I really haven’t found an email that has had instructions to forward to really be valid. This time there is even a link to a McAfee Card on the subject. This email has been sent(on just this one mailing) to about 41 people. Snopes is a must have tool for anyone who emails. There are wonderful news bits, warnings and blessings to email out. Don’t dilute it with junk.
A note to my friend who sent this. Once again, this is not the first time I have gotten this particular email. My goal is to educate not to criticize. I am putting tools in your hands, please go and spread the truth;).