Penpal Greetings

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Updated: February 13, 2007 11:50:05 AM
Also Known As: E-mail, Good Times.Penpal_Greetings
Type: Hoax


Penpal Greetings is not a virus. It is a hoax. The virus does not exist. There is currently no virus that has the characteristics ascribed to Penpal Greetings.

The hoax is in two forms, each an e-mail message similar to the original Good Times hoax. It could even be described as a virus hoax strain.

Please ignore any messages regarding this "virus."

Updated: February 13, 2007 11:50:05 AM
Also Known As: E-mail, Good Times.Penpal_Greetings
Type: Hoax


The Penpal Greetings hoax displays either of the following two messages. Please ignore these messages and do not send them to others. Passing on messages about this hoax serves only to further propagate it.

Message 1
This is a warning for all internet users - there is a dangerous virus propagating across the internet through an e-mail message entitled "PENPAL GREETINGS!" DO NOT DOWNLOAD ANY MESSAGE ENTITLED "PENPAL GREETINGS!"

This message appears to be a friendly letter asking you if you are interested in a penpal, but by the time you read this letter, it is too late. The "trojan horse" virus will have already infected the boot sector of your hard drive, destroying all of the data present. It is a self-replicating virus, and once the message is read, it will AUTOMATICALLY forward itself to anyone who's e-mail address is present in YOUR mailbox!

Message 2
VIRUS ALERT!!!!! ZEER BELANGRIJK !!!!

if you receive an e-mail titiled..JOIN THE CREW/for PENPALS, DO NOT open it! It will erase EVERYTHING on your hard drive!

Send this letter out to as many people as you can. This is a new virus and not many people know about it!

This information was received this morning by IBM, Please share it with anyone that might acccess the internet!!

PENPAL appears to be a friendly letter asking you if you are interested in a penpal, but by the time you read this letter it is TOO late.

The Trojan horse virus will have already infected the boot sector of your hard drive, destroying all the data present. It is a self-replicating virus, and once the message is read it will AUTOMATICALLY forward itself to anyone who's e-mail address is present in your box! This virus will destroy your hard drive and whose mail is in your box and whose mail is in their box and so on and on!

So delete any message titled PENPAL or JOIN THE CREW. This virus can do major DAMAGE to worldwide networks!
PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND PEOPLE IN YOUR MAILBOXES.
AOL HAS SAID THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS VIRUS AND THERE IS NO REMEDY FOR THIS.
FORWARD IT TO ALL YOUR ON-LINE FRIENDS A.S.A.P.! Please ignore any messages regarding this hoax and do not pass on messages. Passing on messages about the hoax only serves to further propagate it.