Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Hoax IM Making the Rounds!

- I received the following via Yahoo IM -
Quote -
If someone by the name of itsgarry@yahoo.com (please note - email to this address gets bounced as undeliverable/Not available if you try to sign up with it.) wants to add you to your list dont accept it. Its a virus. Tell everyone on your list because if somebody on your list adds them you will get it too. Tell everyone on your list not to open anything from angell11, tewwtuler, and sassybitch. It is a hard drive killer and a very horrible virus. Please pass this on to everyone on your list. We need to find out who is using these accounts. Sorry for the inconvenience. Right click on your group name of your buddy list and click Send Message to all. Copy and paste this message. Thanks... someone sent this to me so i wanted to let my people know on my list
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Some hints as to why this is a hoax:

1.)Accepting someone's request to add them to your buddy list simply copies their information from the IM server to your computer - it does not execute any virus programs.

2:) "If somebody on your list adds them you will get it too." - Fear factor! Always a good motivator to get people to act stupidly quickly. Someone else getting a virus does not automatically give you a virus.

3.)The name itsgarry@yahoo 'at this time' brings up 3 websites with the identical message. Nothing from the Big Virus Clearinghouse companies!

- The following page (Please note sample letter 2!) shows this to be a hoax: - http://www.breakthechain.org/exclusives/imvirus.html -

prying1 sez:
Hoping this one dies real soon. Be careful out there but on the other hand check out the message before passing it on!

UPDATE: - 1 Feb 06 - I've been getting a lot of daily hits on this posting. Please notify the people who IM'd or emailed this message to you that this is a hoax! Let them know that this is a farce. Make sure they tell those they sent it to that they are idiots and passed on junk info... Whatever it takes get 'em to stop! - I also appreciate comments. - I have to wonder if visits to this page will ever end. (sigh!) - Have a nice day! - :-) - Thanks - prying1

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