This is a very old friend in scam land. It was one of the first entries on an old site of mine back in 2008. Apparently it’s still doing the rounds as I received this version today. All the clues are here that this is a hoax.
a) send it to everyone you know.
b) shock horror language – it will erase your C drive, throttle the cat and accelerate global warming (just kidding!)
c) started to circulate on an unspecified date.
NEVER pass on a warning even if you are 100% certain that the person who sent it to you WROTE the email themselves from their own experience. These hoaxes are designed to frighten people and to turn you into a spammer.
Subject: URGENT – NOT A JOKE
For your information…
PASS THIS ON!
IF A PERSON CALLED SIMON ASHTON (SIMON25@HOTMAIL.CO.UK “
href=”mailto:SIMON25@HOTMAIL.CO.UK” rel=nofollow target=_blank a
) CONTACTS YOU THROUGH EMAIL DON’T OPEN THE
MESSAGE. DELETE IT BECAUSE HE IS A HACKER!!
TELL EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST ADDS HIM THEN
YOU WILL GET HIM ON YOUR LIST.. HE WILL FIGURE OUT YOUR ID COMPUTER ADDRESS,
SO COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE EVEN IF YOU DONT CARE FOR THEM
AND FAST BECAUSE IF HE HACKS THEIR EMAIL HE HACKS YOUR MAIL TOO!!!!!……
Anyone-using Internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on. This
information arrived this morning, Direct from both Microsoft and Norton.
Please send it to everybody you know who has access to the Intern et. You
may receive an apparently harmless e-mail titled ‘Mail Server Report’
If you open either file, a message will appear on your screen saying: ‘It
is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful.’
Subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC,
And the person who o sent it to you will gain access to your name, e-mail
This is a new virus which started to circulate on Saturday afternoon. AOL
has already confirmed the severity, and the anti virus software’s are not
capable of destroying it .
The virus has been created by a hacker who calls himself ‘life owner’..
PLEASE SEND A COPY OF THIS E-MAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS, And ask them to
PASS IT ON IMMEDIATELY!