Hoax Virus Warnings

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  1. Don Madge

    Don Madge Funster

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    Why do people keep forwarding virus warnings without first checking to find out whether they are true or not?

    I received one this morning which had been forwarded so many times there were literally hundreds of e mail addresses on show.

    If I receive a warning I always check it out at http://www.snopes.com/snopes.asp if it is a hoax I then warn the sender that it is a hoax even giving snoop's address hoping they might take the hint to check future warnings before forwarding them.

    Regards

    Don
     
  2. dazzer

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    Most people (me included) have better things to do with their time than check this sort of thing out. I think its a courtesy to let other people know there may be a problem :thumb:
     
  3. Jim

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    I agree with Don. It takes less time to check if it is genuine than it does to forward it. Just copy the first line or two and pop it into google, you'll know straight away if its a hoax and save worrying all your friends with it.
     
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    Probably the same reason why people send round those , you are a wonderful strong woman , friend , man , load of tosh emails and texts. The ones where you must send to however many people , to get luck before the end of the hour, day,week...

    I got one the other day that was a six page long text. From someone who i hardly know explaining how friendships like ours , should be cherished and held on to , blah blah blah :Blush:.
    I sent one back saying .
    OMG pass the sick bucket , i hardly know you for gods sake you sloppy sod. :Rofl1:
    I think they are started by companies to collect as many email addresses as possible and then used for spamming and physhing or what ever.
    I never forward any on , and usually send an email back to the mate that sent it , saying not to send me such sentimental cyber hug drivel !!
    Better still , come round and do it in person :Wink:
    Bev
     
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    You'll make a great Grumpy Old Man.

    The operation will be worth it.
     
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    Their only use is for email address harvesting .................

    If anyone sends me one of those, I email them back immediately and tell them NEVER to send me anything like that again.
     
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    With apologies to any of our wonderful Irish members..
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