This page is considered the industry standard
information source for new virus hoaxes and false alerts.
Hoax warnings are typically scare alerts started by
malicious people - and passed on by innocent users who think
they are helping the community by spreading the warning.
Do not forward hoax messages. We've seen cases where e-mail
systems have collapsed after dozens of users forwarded a false
alert to everybody in the company. Corporate users can get rid
of the hoax problem by simply setting a strict company
guideline: End users must not forward virus alarms.
Ever. It's not the job of an end user anyway. If such message
is received, end users could forward it to the IT department
but not to anyone else.
Do note that we generally add only virus-related hoaxes
to this list. We can not evaluate whether non-computer
related folklore stories are urban legends or true stories.
We're not going to add them to this list either. Check http://www.urbanlegends.com/
for general urban legends.
List of known hoaxes:
Virus & Hoax Description Database
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