Hoaxes & real Viruses
Steve Clark’s virus warning (US PRESIDENT…) is real. Thank you Steve.
However: before sending out a virus warning, please visit:
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 have 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.