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