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Virtual Card Virus Hoax

Virtual Card Virus Hoax

February 13, 2007

This is a hoax. The hoax message is similar to the following:


DO NOT OPEN THE VIRTUAL CARD. There is a virus spreading through the lists of roots web. One of the was is gets around the filters and other protection devices that roots web has is through ruses like this. It's a virus that mails itself using names it pickup up from the computers it gets into. Do Not Trust this simply because it mentions Cynthia's name. It is also using her e-mail address. This is one of those viruses Cynthia has been warning us about. I've been seeing it on other lists that I belong to. I can't type the name of the virus. According to the semantic sight just typing certain word will send this insidious thing along to others. I've seen it happen once tonight in a message I sent to another list. I am not going to put that on this list. I've already updated my anti virus program since then, but I'm not going to take the chance.

There are two ways this virus is being spread. One is through a specific web address, the other is through a greeting card invitation like this one. The web address appears as a hyper link. Another of the things that is happening is people are getting e-mails sent to them from themselves. These e-mails contain the virus.Please ignore any messages regarding this hoax and do not pass on messages. Passing on messages about the hoax only serves to further propagate it.
Writeup By: Motoaki Yamamura