Email Hoaxes

I’ve had two emails this week from people warning me about scams and viruses which turn out to be hoaxes. The first was the Invitation Virus Hoax and the second was that old classic, the #90 telephone scam hoax.

What I find amazing, is the fact that people blindly forward these hoaxes to everyone in their address book (only for them to do the same) without checking whether the information is valid. A quick search on google is all it takes to find out how many of these are hoaxes.

UPDATE: It seems the PDS scam email is also doing the rounds.

Aaargh!! I’ve just been sent the ‘invitation virus’ email again, but this time the subject line read: “Fw: Fw: [HOAX]: Fw: Fw: Please Inform Everyone]”. Not content with ignoring the word HOAX in the subject, the email included the following:

Hi,
I received this email – if you already know about it then just delete it – otherwise – better safe than sorry!
Best Wishes,
Katharine
> ################################
> Panda Internet Security 2007 warning:
>
> Panda Internet Security 2007 has detected this message as a hoax. The
> content of this type of message tries to deceive users, therefore, you
> should ignore it and delete it.
> ################################
>

If that’s not clear enough for you Katherine, I don’t know what is! Yet you still forwarded it!

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