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“Invitation FACEBOOK” hoax

01
May
2012

There are a lot of genuine malware-laden fake Facebook emails about, but this one is a hoax.. and a very old one at that, going all the way back to the 1990s in one form or another.

Subject: Fwd: FW: PLEASE CIRCULATE

PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS NOTICE TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY ON YOUR CONTACT LIST

In the coming days, you should be aware…

Do not open any message with an attachment called:

“Invitation FACEBOOK”

Regardless of who sent it

It is a virus that opens an Olympic torch and burns the whole hard
disc C of your computer

This virus will be received from someone you have in your address book

That’s why you should send this message to all your contacts.  It is
better to receive this email 25 times than to receive the virus and
open it

If you receive email called: “Invitation FACEBOOK”, though sent by a friend,

do not open but delete it immediately

CNN said it is a new virus discovered recently and that has been
classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever

It is a Trojan Horse that asks you to install an adobe flash plug-in.
Once you install it, it’s all over. And there is no repair yet for
this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the
Hard Disc, where the vital information of their function is saved

THE INFORMATION HAS BEEN CHECKED WITH SNOPES
http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/youtube.asp

DO exercise caution with emails that appear to be from Facebook, PayPal, LinkedIn or any one of a variety of services.. you can usually check the true destination of a link in an email by floating the pointer over it. DON’T circulate silly hoaxes like this because it simply wastes everybody’s time.

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