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Hotmail Accounts

 
Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Hotmail Accounts
Technical name:Hotmail Accounts
Threat level:Medium
Type:Hoax
Effects:  It attempts to trick users into forwarding the message to as many people as possible, by making them believe that their Hotmail account will be cancelled otherwise.

Detection updated on:Dec. 16, 2003
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Hotmail Accounts is not a virus; it is a hoax or an e-mail message that tricks users into believing that Hotmail will cancel their account if they do not forward the message a certain number of times.

Its aim is to cause alarm and get users to forward the message.

In order to avoid problems, disregard this information, as it is completely false. You should also immediately delete the message, without forwarding it to anyone.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Hotmail Accounts arrives in an apparently normal e-mail message, but which can be identified by its message, because it refers to the fact that Hotmail would cancel their account if they do not forward the message a certain number of times.