E-Mail Warning -NOT TRUE

United States
February 7, 2007 10:33am CST
One of the myLot discussions posted a week or two ago (I tried to find it again but couldn't) gave the following warning. I did take it seriously and emailed it to all of my friends. Actually it is NOT true. I had to share it with your as I had to go back and tell my friends it was not true. Now some of them have acussed me of being paranoid but I'd still rather be safe then sorry Summary of the eRumor There are at aleast a couple of versions of this eRumor. One warns that an email that claims to include pictures of Osama Bin Laden's suicide is actually designed to trick you into opening a file that contains a virus. Another says that it's the worst virus every known and will crash your hard driv THE TRUTH There is no Osama Bin Laden suicide or any suicide photos, but one of the emails claiming to have the pictures is actually carrying a virus. The goal of the email is to trick recipients into clicking the attached file. That unleashes a Trojan Hose type virus that makes it possible for the virus writers to take over your computer and use it as a messenger for reaching other computers. It is similar to the Anna Kournikova virus that circulated before this one and tried to lure recipients into clicking the file by offering nude photos. The folks at Sophos Anti-Virus classed it as VBS/Nedal-A and say it's been around since 2002. For more details, go to: http://us.mcafee.com/virusInfo/default.asp?id=description&virus_k=99686 Virus name: "Osama bin Laden Captured" VIRUS WARNING 1. Emails with pictures of Osama Bin-Laden hanged are being sent and the moment that you open these emails your computer will crash and you will not be able to fix it! This e-mail is being distributed through countries around the globe, but mainly in the US and Israel . Don't be inconsiderate; send this warning to whomever you know. If you get an email along the lines of "Osama Bin Laden Captured" or "Osama Hanged" don't open the attachment. 2. Please read the attached warning issued today. 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 someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list, that is why you should send this e-mail to all your contacts. It is better to receive this message 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 kind of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, & gt; 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.
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@sunshinecup (7881)
8 Feb 07
Thanks for the heads up, I will send this out. On a side note, I don't open photos in email any more. For this reason. I also don't allow flash plugins either since they can download virus into your puter as well.
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• United States
8 Feb 07
Thanks for the info, do you mean even photos your friends family send you?
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
17 Feb 07
Thanks for warning us of this. I have been fooled before my warnings that were really false. At least with this one there is a trojan. I don't know why people have to do such foolish things on the net.
• United States
17 Feb 07
I don't open any email unless I know who it is from. There is so much of virus being sent through emails. So my friends and relatives are the only ones I open. And if I have signed up for a company but If I don't know the emails origin it does not get opened. Thanks for your info.
• United States
14 Feb 07
It always amazes me the mean things that people do, for fun. Thank you for sharing this with us. I did not see it at all. Blessings, M&M
• United States
13 Feb 07
Thanks for the warning..I didnt erad the whole long thing..since my eyes are very tired this time of night:)+
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
8 Feb 07
I saw this thing somewheres but I neer open mail that says anything like that for ya never know what might happen. I usually have over 300 spam emails in my spam box on yahoo every day I just delete them never lokking at anything any more as for my other email addys If I havent signed up for a program I never open that mail either