There are several e-mail hoax
circulating around the world, some of which seem very plausible.
Although these do not contain the damaging programs associated with
viruses, they can cause e-mail server overload as everybody tries to send the
hoax message to everyone else in their address book.
Before you send an e-mail to a large number of people, think carefully
about how true it is, if it really is a concern then you will probably hear
about it on the national news.
Below is the text of a well-known hoax message which has
caused many people to delete a legitimate Windows file unnecessarily.
DO NOT FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS OF THIS MESSAGE, IT IS NOT TRUE.
Do not follow any instructions to clean up viruses or
delete files without checking with your IT support personnel.
You should also be wary of links in e-mails that may take you to web
sites containing viruses, don’t follow a link unless you are sure that the
content is likely to be safe.
Another form of hoax has been coming out of Africa and many
people have lost money by responding to these e-mails.
An example is shown below.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.
SEEKING YOUR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE.
Please Permit me to make your acquaintance in so
informal a manner. This is necessitated by my urgent need to reach a dependable
and trust wordy foreign partner. This request may seem strange and unsolicited
but I will crave your indulgence and pray that you view it seriously. My name is
DR ANTHONY ALLI of the Democratic Republic of Congo and One of the close aides
to the former President of the Democratic Republic of Congo LAURENT KABILA of
blessed memory, may his soul rest in peace.
Due to the military campaign of LAURENT KABILA to force
out the rebels in my country, I and some of my colleagues were instructed by
Late President Kabila to go abroad
to purchase arms and ammunition worth of Twenty Million, Five Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars only (US$20,500,000.00) to fight the rebel group. But when
President Kabila was killed in a bloody shoot-out by one of his aide a day
before we were schedule to travel out of Congo, We immediately decided to divert
the fund into a private security company for safe keeping. The security of the said amount is
presently being threatened here following the arrest and seizure of properties
of Col.Rasheidi Karesava (One of the aides to Laurent Kabila)a tribesman, and
some other Military Personnel from our same tribe, by the new President of the
Democratic Republic of Congo, the son of late President Laurent
Kabila, Joseph Kabila. In view of this, we need a
reliable and trustworthy foreign partner who can assist us to recieve
this money as the beneficiary.
WE have sufficient ''CONTACTS'' to move the fund under
Diplomatic Cover to a security company in europe
or directly to you in your name. This is to ensure that the Diplomatic Baggage
is marked ''CONFIDENTIAL'' and it will not pass through normal custom/airport screening and
Our inability to move this money to you all this while
lies on our lack of trust on our supposed good friends (western countries) who
suddenly became hostile to those of us who worked with the late President Kabila,
immediately after his son took office. Though we have neither seen nor met each
other, the information We gathered from an associate who has worked in your
country has encouraged and convinced us that with your sincere assistance, this
transaction will be properly handled with modesty and honesty to a huge success
within two weeks. The said money is a state fund and therefore requires a total
Thus, if you are willing to assist us recieve this
fund, you can contact me through my email address above with your telephone, fax
number and personal information to enable us discuss the modalities and what
will be your share (percentage) for assisting us.
must use this opportunity and medium to implore You to exercise the utmost
indulgence to keep this Matter extraordinarily confidential, Whatever your
decision,while I await your prompt response.
Thank you and God Bless.
DR ANTHONY ALLI
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