NAI Labs AVERT would like to inform you of a new email HOAX.
This email message is just a HOAX, currently we know of no other message that the user will receive about the HOAX as the initial email states. AVERT has not received any report of a user's hard drive being erased for opening the email.
We are advising users who receive the email to delete it and DO NOT pass it on as this is how an email HOAX propagates.
Below is the actual text from the message that may be received via email.
This is extremely important. There is an exec file going around called
"Funprog.exec" and it contains the CIH virus. If you receive it, DO NOT
But here is the worst part of it. This virus is being sent out from
names you know. Somehow they found a way to use other peoples screen names
and send out mail. If you are an aol user and you get mail from anyone on
aol including me that says @aol.com after the screen name DO NOT DOWNLOAD
that piece of mail. It will not be from that person that you think is
sending it to you.
AOL is very aware of what is going on right now. please do not download
anything. I rather all of us be safe than sorry, until aol fixes this
Please foward this letter to all your friends.......