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Hoax Messages

There are several e-mail hoax  messages 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.

I found the little bear in my machine because of that I am sending this message in order for you to find it in your machine. The procedure is very simple:

The objective of this e-mail is to warn all Hotmail users about a new virus that is spreading by MSN Messenger. The name of this virus is jdbgmgr.exe and it is sent automatically by the Messenger and by the address book too. The virus is not detected by McAfee or Norton and it stays quiet for 14 days before damaging the system.

The virus can be cleaned before it deletes the files from your system. In order to eliminate it, it is just necessary to do the following steps:
1. Go to Start, click "Search"
2.- In the "Files or Folders option" write the name jdbgmgr.exe
3.- Be sure that you are searching in the drive "C"
4.- Click "find now"
5.- If the virus is there (it has a little bear-like icon with the name of jdbgmgr.exe DO NOT OPEN IT FOR ANY REASON
6.- Right click and delete it (it will go to the Recycle bin)
7.- Go to the recycle bin and delete it or empty the recycle bin.

IF YOU FIND THE VIRUS IN ALL OF YOUR SYSTEMS SEND THIS MESSAGE TO ALL OF YOUR CONTACTS LOCATED IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK BEFORE IT CAN CAUSE ANY DAMAGE.

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.

FROM: DR ANTHONY ALLI

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO.

REPLY TO:egotony@hknetmail.com

Dear Sir,

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 clearance.

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 confidentiality. 

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.

I 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.

Best Regards

DR ANTHONY ALLI

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