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Hoax Encyclopedia

From Mary Landesman, your guide to Antivirus Software, resources to help stem the flow of virus hoaxes and myths. Learn about some of the more common hoaxes and how to spot new ones.

ATM Card Center: Advance Fee Fraud Scam
Following is an example of an Advance Fee Fraud scam that began circulating in mid-February 2009. The email starts off by claiming to be from the FBI, followed by a somewhat incoherent rambling about racism in America. The scam then claims the recipient must pay $250 in fees in order to have an ATM card released to them.

Life Owner / Mail Server Report Hoax
The Life Owner / Mail Server Report hoax is yet another bogus email warning that gets fueled by confusingly worded references.

Black in the White House
The Black in the White House virus hoax is a variation of A Virtual Card for You hoax and the Invitation Virus hoax.

WTC Survivor
BIGGGG TROUBLE !!!! Not! This hoax predictably started just after the World Trade Center disaster.

Postcard from Hallmark Virus Hoax
The Postcard from Hallmark virus hoax is a knock-off on the old "A Virtual Card for You" hoax. The postcard from hallmark hoax includes a link to a Snopes article which is worded in such a way that it appears the hoax warning is legitimate. It isn't.

Virus Hoaxes, A to Z
Formerly Kumite.com, Rob Rosenberger provides a comprehensive alphabetical index of common hoaxes.

BlueMountain Greeting Card Hoax
BlueMountain Greeting Card Hoax

Toxic Excuses
If you're tasked with virus prevention, what are the worst things a user can say to you?

Choke.exe is a Worm
The Choke worm is a very real worm, but the message telling users to delete zip files to get rid of it is a hoax.

Toxic Excuses
About the worst excuse possible for forwarding an email hoax, but also the most prevalent.

Hard drive killer virus hoax, aka buddy list virus hoax
Hard drive killer virus hoax, aka buddy list virus hoax

The tell-tale signs of a hoax
If you know what to look for, you can spot a hoax the minute it hits your inbox.

Invitation virus hoax, aka Olympic Torch virus hoax
The Invitation virus hoax is a knock-off on the old "A Virtual Card for You" hoax.

The Hoax That Cried Virus
From your About.com Guide to Antivirus, an article focusing on how a hoax can cause damage - and even expense - to your enterprise.

Strunkenwhite virus
aka the Pluperfect virus

The high costs of hoaxes
Just like viruses, hoaxes cost companies both time and money.

Osama Bin-Laden hanged hoax
How a nearly non-existent Trojan email morphed into a hoax.

Searchable Database of Hoaxes
From F-Secure, an alphabetical and searchable database of purely virus hoax warnings.

Hoax Encyclopedia
From your Antivirus.About.com guide, an encyclopedia of hoax descriptions and links to other useful information about hoaxes.

Returned/Unable to Deliver hoax
Returned/Unable to Deliver hoax

!0000 email tip
A long running hoax, involving the addition of !0000 to the email address book.

Restoring Sulfnbk.exe
SULFNBK.EXE is a utility shipped as part of the Windows 98 operating system that allows users to restore long file names - and is now the victim of a bogus virus warning.

48 Hours Virus Hoax
This hoax warns of a fictitious new virus allegedly arriving in 48 hours and warns that "it is a cyber-terrorism".

Penny Brown
penny brown missing children hoax

5-cent Email Tax
This email hoax warns of Federal Bill 602P which the author claims will impose a 5-cent email tax on every delivered email.

Nokia Is Giving Away Phones For "FREE"
Nokia Is Giving Away Phones For "FREE" - Not!

809 Area Code Phone Scam
Urban Legends guide David Emery explains the facts - and some fiction - behind this scam.

Nigerian 419 scheme
Nigerian 419 scheme

90# telephone hoax
90# telephone hoax

Myths and Urban Legends
David Emery, the About.com Guide to Urban Legends, provides information on myths and urban legends that circulate via the 'Net.

AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA hoax
A variant of the !0000 tip, this one offers a twist that could lead to an even greater risk of infection.

MSN Hotmail hoax
MSN Hotmail hoax

Anti-Hoax Advice
From Charles Hymes, valuable advice on detecting hoaxes and what not to do.

Anti-Hoax Advice
From Charles Hymes, valuable advice on detecting hoaxes and what not to do.

MSN Hacker List
MSN Hacker List hoax

Bill Gates Email Tracking
Bill Gates Email Tracking hoax

Microsoft/AOL E-Mail Tracking
Is Bill Gates really promising big bucks as part of an email beta test?

Combination hoaxes
Just to make it seem more believable, many hoaxes combine legitimate virus information with completely bogus details.

Lotus Notes
Lotus Notes hoax

Dial #77
Netlore archive of email purporting rapist impersonating a police officer.

Life is beautiful hoax
Life is beautiful.pps hoax

Disclaimer from FCC
Some hoaxes erroneously state that the FCC is responsible for the warning. Read the official disclaimer from the FCC.

Disclaimer from FCC
Some hoaxes erroneously state that the FCC is responsible for the warning. Read the official disclaimer from the FCC.

Legends for the Digital Age
John Ives is a self-described contemplator of all things geek. In this rather esoteric commentary, John takes a look at why virus hoaxes and urban legends abound in the online community.

It Takes Guts to Say Jesus
It Takes Guts to Say Jesus hoax

JDBGMGR.EXE
File with teddy bear icon wrongly accused of being a virus.

Legends for the Digital Age
John Ives is a self-described contemplator of all things geek. In this rather esoteric commentary, John takes a look at why virus hoaxes and urban legends abound in the online community.

Searchable Database of Hoaxes
From F-Secure, an alphabetical and searchable database of purely virus hoax warnings.

Virus Hoaxes, A to Z
Formerly Kumite.com, Rob Rosenberger provides a comprehensive alphabetical index of common hoaxes.

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