Penpal Greetings

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 e-mail message describing the virus is similar to the original Good Times virus e-mail hoax. It could even be described as a virus hoax strain.

The hoax message follows:

    Subject:  Virus Alert
    Importance:  High
    If anyone receives mail entitled: PENPAL GREETINGS! please delete it WITHOUT
    reading it.  Below is a little explanation of the message, and what it would
    do to your PC if you were to read the message.  If you have any questions or
    concerns please contact  SAF-IA Info Office on 697-5059.

    This is a warning for all internet users - there is a dangerous virus
    propogating across the internet through an e-mail message entitled "PENPAL
    This message appears to be a friendly letter asking you if you are
    interestedin 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!
    This virus will DESTROY your hard drive, and holds the potential to DESTROY

    the hard drive of anyone whose mail is in your inbox, and who's mail is in
    their inbox, and so on.  If this virus remains unchecked, it has the potential
    to do a great deal of DAMAGE to computer networks worldwide!!!!
    Please, delete the message entitled "PENPAL GREETINGS!" as soon as you see it!
    And pass this message along to all of your friends and relatives, and the
    other readers of the newsgroups and mailing lists which you are on, so that
    they are not hurt by this dangerous virus!!!!

Please ignore any messages regarding this supposed "virus" and do not pass on any messages regarding it. Passing on messages about this hoax serves only to further propagate it.

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