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Tsunami

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Tsunami
Technical name:Hoax/Tsunami in South Asia
Threat level:Medium
Type:Hoax
Effects:  

It appeals to well-meaning users trying to get them to forward the message to as many people as possible. The message deals with the humanitarian disaster due to tsunamis in South Asia.

First detected on:Jan. 12, 2005
Detection updated on:Jan. 12, 2005
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

Tsunami is a hoax that tries to get well-meaning users to forward the message to as many people as possible. The e-mail message deals with the tsunamis ocurred in South Asia in December 2004, and which caused a humanitarian disaster.

Tsunami appeals to the emotions of the recipient. It even dares saying that something good will happen if the message is forwarded at least 13 times, and threatens with bad luck if it is not.

The objective of the mail is to get well-meaning users to send the message to as many people as possible. Nevertheless, you should ignore the information included in the message and delete it without sending it to anyone else.

Note: some scams and phishing schemes have appeared, which attempt to gain fraudulent financial benefits by taking advantage of people's feelings about this disaster. Please, be careful with the e-mail messages you receive about this matter, and make sure they come from a legitimate and trustworthy source.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Tsunami appears to be a perfectly normal email but is recognizable by its content, which always refers to the tsunamis ocurred in South Asia in December 2004, and asks recipients to forward the message to others.