Re: Potential virus (fwd)

Sahithi P.S. (P.S.Sahithi@csc.liv.ac.uk)
Wed, 12 Mar 1997 20:41:35 +0000 (GMT)


Hello,


Thank you for forwarding this mail.

There have been a lot of widespread virus hoaxes and false alerts lately.
These are typically scare alerts started by malicious people - and passed
 on by innocent users who think they are helping the community by 
spreading the warning.

Bear in mind that a virus can only be activated if executed. In normal
situations, emails are not executed - there are also warnings whenever
attachments are opened.

Penpal greetings:-

  This is not a virus, but a widespread hoax, warning about a dangerous e-
mail message titled
  'Penpal greetings'. No such danger exists. 

  This hoax is very similar to Good Times.
(http://www.datafellows.fi/news/hoax.htm)
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An excerpt from http://www.ncsa.com/virus/penpal.html :

Name : PenPal Greetings ! 
Type : Hoax 
Status : Circulating 

**Note : As of yet, email messages can not execute themselves [Give em time]
.. Depending on your email package, attachments may be able to be executed,
or opened when clicked on depending on their content and your reader's
configuration.

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Care should be taken when circulating emails like this as they can 
cause unnessasary upset to users. 

Regards
Sahithi