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 userís 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.


If you receive an email titled "It Takes Guts to Say 'Jesus'" do NOT open

it. It will erase everything on your hard drive.


This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know about it.

This information was announced yesterday morning from IBM; please share

it with everyone that might access the internet. Once again, pass this

along to EVERYONE in your address book so that this may be stopped.


Also, do not open or even look at any mail that says "RETURNED OR UNABLE

TO DELIVER." This virus will attach itself to your computer components

and render them useless.


Immediately delete any mail items that say this. AOL has said that this

is a very dangerous virus and that there is NO remedy for it at this

time. Please practice cautionary measures and forward this to all your

online friends ASAP.


- This is the end of the email message -

Again if you receive this email delete the it and DO NOT pass it on


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