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Hoax Virus Messages
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A hoax virus message is a false warning about a computer virus. Such a message contains fabricated descriptions of non-existent viruses and their damaging effects on computer systems.

Typically recipients are maliciously encouraged to forward these messages to all their contacts in their address books. Therefore hoax virus messages are spread in much the same manner as "chain letters". Such messages are designed to raise false concerns and mislead recipients.

Recipients of virus messages are encouraged to check these out at sites such as:

Hoax virus messages should be deleted.

It is important to note that hoaxes can also be in the form of petitions, pleas for help, fantastic promotions or giveaways, Internet site scares etc. Such messages can be checked out at the following sites:

If there is still any doubt on the validity of any messages, these can be referred to User Support Office.

Last Updated: 4 January 2010

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