He really should know better. Here is an excerpt from the IBM website
regarding e-mail virus hoaxes. See how many of these characteristics are
present in the warning forwarded from Cy.
Now we can define some rules to help us detect hoaxes
generically. To summarize what we've seen, a hoax will have some combination
of the following factors (but not necessarily all of them):
- It's a warning message about a virus (or occasionally a
Trojan) spreading on the Internet. (Some even describe a
- "Trojan horse virus." There is no such thing.)
- It's usually from an individual, occasionally from a
company, but never from the cited source.
- It warns you not to read or download the supposed
virus, and preaches salvation by deletion.
- It describes the virus as having horrific destructive
powers and often the ability to send itself by e-mail.
- It usually has lots of words in all caps and loads of
- It urges you to alert everyone you know, and usually
tells you this more than once.
- It seeks credibility by citing some authoritative
source as issuing the warning. Usually the source says the virus is
"bad" or has them "worried."
- It seeks credibility by describing the virus in
specious technical jargon.
To learn more about e-mail virus hoaxes, go the following link:
Christopher M. Cummings, P.E.
From: Dan Vines [mailto:dan(--nospam--at)willettengineering.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 1999 8:20 AM
Subject: RE: ANOTHER VIRUS - If you receive an email
titled "IT TAKES GUTS TO SAY 'JESUS'" DO NOT OPEN IT!
As a programmer, Cy should really know better.
From: Rob Stevens [mailto:engrathm(--nospam--at)ix.netcom.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 1999 7:47 AM
Subject: Re: ANOTHER VIRUS - If you receive an email titled
GUTS TO SAY 'JESUS'" DO NOT OPEN IT!
This may be late but I hope it helps some.
> From: Cyril Pruszko <cyrilp(--nospam--at)asg.com>
> Subject: ANOTHER VIRUS - If you receive an email titled
"IT TAKES GUTS TO
SAY 'JESUS'" DO NOT OPEN IT!
> Date: Friday, April 16, 1999 10:42 AM
> ANOTHER VIRUS!!
> > If you receive an email titled "IT TAKES GUTS TO SAY
> > OPEN IT.
> > It will erase everything on your hard drive.
Forward this letter
> > to as many people as you can. This is a new, very
> > not many people know about it. This information was
> > yesterday morning from IBM; please share it with
> > access the internet. Once again, pass this along to
> > address book so that this may be stopped. AOL has
said that this
> > very dangerous virus and that there is NO remedy for
it at this
> Cy Pruszko
Cy is a friend and a computer programmer He keeps me and
informed on this type of problem.
Robert W. Stevens, Jr., P.E.