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Hoax Encyclopedia
Also see: Virus Encyclopedia

by Mary Landesman

Virus hoaxes, scams, and chain letters abound in email. Before forwarding that dire sounding warning or too good to be true promise, check the validity of it here. Chances are, it's a hoax. Virus hoaxes and myths waste time and money - and can make the sender look foolish. Don't fall victim to a virus hoax. Check the list of hoaxes below to find out the facts behind that email.


!0000 Tip
#77
48 Hours
5-Cent Email Tax
809 Area Code
90#
AAAAA.AAA Tip
A.I.D.S.
AIM Petition
Airline Spiders
Al-Jazeera Interview
An Internet Flower for You
AOL4FREE
AOL Email Tracking
AOL.EXE
AOL/Intel Merger
AOL Messenger Petition
A Virtual Card for You
Believe the Unbelievable
Bill Gates Email Tracking
Bill Gates Email Tracking 2
Bluemountain Greetings
British Airways 'Free Flight'
Bud Frogs
Buddy List
Butt Spider
California/Wobbler
Card for You
Cell Phone Hoax
Cellsaver
Choke (Worm & Hoax)
Death69
Deeyenda Maddick
Demon (Worm & Hoax)
Discount
Disney $5000
DR.SIMON.WAJNTRAUBWS
Economic Slowdown
Elf Bowling
Euro - Afro Asian Sweepstake
Euro Lottery International
Family Pictures
Fat Cat
FCC Virus Warning
Federal Bill 602P
Free Nokia Phone
Frogapult
G Virus
Give a Cat a Colonic
Good Times
Hackingburgh
Hard Drive Killer
Hotmail Warning
International Sweepstakes Lottery
Internet Flower

Invitation
Irina
It Takes Guts to Say Jesus
JDBGMGR.EXE
Join the Crew
Klingerman
Knockout Perfume
Let's Watch TV
Life is beautiful.pps
Lotus Notes
Matrix_99.MTX
Microsoft Email Tracking
MS/AOL Email Tracking
Mobile Phone Hoax
Mohammed Al-Asuquf
Monkeyman935
MSN Hacker List
MSN Hotmail Shutdown
MSN server shutdown
Naughty Robot
Nigerian 419 Scam
November 15 Hotmail shutdown
NEW PICTURES OF FAMILY
Nokia Phones for free
Olympic Torch
OPEN:VERY COOL!
Osama Bin-Laden hanged
Osama vs Bush
Outback Steakhouse
Penny Brown
PenPal Greetings
Perfume
Perrin
PKZ300
PLEEEEEEEASE READ
President Bush
Returned/Unable to Deliver
RH Power Tracking
Ryder Trucks
Sandman
Sector Zero
Shopping in Malls
Spiders in the toilet
Strunkenwhite
Sulfnbk.exe
Swiffer WetJet
Two-Striped Telamonia
Upgrade Internet2
Vigo Examiner
Virtual Card for You
Win a Holiday
Win a Nokia
WTC Survivor
VIRUS WITH NO CURE

A virus hoax has only one purpose in life and that is to spread to as many people as possible. Quite the same goal as viruses, some might say. Don't be fooled into forwarding a hoax "to everyone you know". Consult this article first instead.

If you are unable to find a description for a particular virus hoax, please contact me or post a message in the forum.

If it's a real virus you're seeking information for, check out the Virus Encyclopedia or peruse various Virus Information Databases.

David Emery, your About.com guide to Urban Legends has a wealth of information on myths and urban legends.

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