I have just received from an acquantance two copies of an email with the subject "Fw: PLEEEEEASE READ!!!! It was on the news! This email has an enormous addressee list and looks entirely like a form of pyramid letter, as usual saying (inter alia) that Bill Gates is giving money away. If my friend has just succumbed to a hoax well and good but if this is a mailing virus which has slipped through my defences I am naturally very alarmed. All comments welcome please!
"Mail everyone on your address list" emails are not viruses - they are hoaxes, and this is one of them.
In general terms it's worth confirming a couple of tips about hoax emails:-
1. Anything that asks you to pass a virus warning on to everyone in your address book is always - without exception - a hoax, and you should delete it without taking any action at all. Do this, even if it comes to you from a friend, or known business contact.They are simply extending the life of the hoax by sending it to you; don't add to the problem by passing it on.
2. Companies like Microsoft, McAfee, Norton et al, and institutions like NASA, The Pentagon, Universities, Medical institutions etc. will never - ever issue warnings about viruses via email circulars, with instructions to "pass it on".