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THESE ARE HOAXES!
Email is a passive system, it is not possible to contract a virus simply by
reading an email.
The only way to get viruses by email is if there is an attachment to the
email which contains an executable (program) file; or an attachment which
contains an infected document/spreadsheet etc.... And then only if you run
the program or open the document.
The simple rule is "if you are unsure about the source of any email, do not
This does not imply that you are completely safe - If your computer is
connected to a local Network, or the Internet, you will get viruses from
time to time. But you will not get them from sensible use of email.
Driver Development Group
> -----Original Message-----
> From: email@example.com [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Saturday, November 29, 1997 4:53 AM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: alert!
> I don't know if this is a wide-spread thing yet, but be aware...bad things
> are out there!
> >I've just received a message from the Pathology head office at the
> >University of British Columbia about the following computer viruses that
> >being sent by email. They have advised forwarding the information to as
> >many people as you can. I've reworded the original message for brevity.
> >1) A new computer virus is being sent by email, it is entitled:
> > JOIN THE CREW
> > If you open it it will erase everything on your hard drive.
> >2) Another new virus is entitled:
> > RETURNED or UNDELIVERED MAIL
> > If you really get undeliverable mail it will come back as "Undelivered
> >Mail" in the subject line.
> >3) The old one to remember is entitled:
> > PENPAL GREETINGS
> >Without all the details, any of these will destroy your hard drive and/or
> >your boot sector data. In addition, some of them will automatically
> >to all the email addresses in your mailbox, if you open them. Please
> >this message along to everyone else on your email list.