Olympic Torch Virus Hoax
Below is a copy of a typical e-mail hoax. Note that the original formatting of the e-mail was preserved and this is more or less how it looks when you open it. Read the article Smelling A Hoax A Mile Away By Using A Little Common Sense or the Cyber Top Cops Blog for a paragraph-by-paragraph analysis of this hoax e-mail.
Be alert during the next few days: Don't open any message with an attached file called "Invitation", regardless of who sent it. It's a virus that opens an Olympic Torch that "burns" the whole hard disk of your computer. This virus will come from someone who has your e-mail address; that's why you should send this e-mail to all your contacts. It's better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus
DON'T open it and shut down your computer immediately .. This is the worst virus announced by CNN, it's been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. The virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there's no repair yet for this particular virus. It simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disk, where vital information is kept.
Also:- Emails with pictures of Osama Bin-Laden hanged are being sent and the moment you open these emails your computer will crash and you will not be able to fix it! This e-mail is being distributed through countries around the globe, but mainly in the US and Israel . Don't be inconsiderate; send this warning to whomever you know. If you get an email along the lines of "Osama Bin Laden Captured" or "Osama Hanged" don't open the attachment.
SEND THIS E-MAIL TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW.
Please break the chain, don't forward e-mails like this, you are sending spam if you do.
For more information about this hoax visit McAfee.com by clicking on the following link: http://us.mcafee.com/virusInfo/default.asp?id=description&virus_k=138711.