This false/fake e-mail has been doing the rounds via e-mail since 2008 and, like many other hoaxes, has been modified and is now being re distributed via social media.
Lately this false message has also been modified to appear more legitimate to South Africans by adding a claim that it was send out by SAPS (The South African Police Service).
This fake warning is a mutation of a previous hoax “If somebody called firstname.lastname@example.org adds you don’t accept it because its a hacker. Tell everyone on your list because if somebody on your list adds them you get them on your list he’ll figure out Your ID, computer address, so copy and paste this message to everyone even if you hate them and fast cause if he hacks their email he hacks your mail…”
The most current South African version of this fake warning reads as follows:
Extremely URGENT – from the SA Police
This is a new email, a new danger please read to the end.
URGENT – PLEASE READ –
PASS THIS ON!
IF A PERSON CALLED SIMON ASHTON (SIMON25@HOTMAIL.CO.UK) CONTACTS YOU THROUGH EMAIL DON’T OPEN THE MESSAGE. DELETE IT IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE HE IS A HACKER!!
TELL EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST ADDS HIM THEN YOU WILL GET HIM ON YOUR LIST. HE WILL FIGURE OUT YOUR ID COMPUTER ADDRESS, SO COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE EVEN IF YOU DON’T CARE FOR THEM AND FAST BECAUSE IF HE HACKS THEIR EMAIL HE HACKS YOUR MAIL TOO!!!!!…..
Anyone-using Internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on.. This information arrived this morning, Direct from both Microsoft and Norton. Please send it to everybody you know who has access to the Internet. You may receive an apparently harmless e-mail titled ‘Mail Server Report’
If you open either file, a message will appear on your screen saying: ‘It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful.’
Subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC,
And the person who o sent it to you will gain access to your name, e-mail and password.
This is a new virus which started to circulate on Saturday afternoon.. AOL has already confirmed the severity, and the antivirus software’s are not capable of destroying it .
The virus has been created by a hacker who calls himself ‘life owner’..
PLEASE SEND A COPY OF THIS E-MAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS, And ask them to PASS IT ON IMMEDIATELY
Brig LS Malahlela
Section Head: Executive Secretariat & Information Management
Office of the Deputy National Commissioner: COO
Tel: (012) 393 – 2518
Fax:(012) 393 – 2555
Fax to email: 086 513 0381
Cellular nr: 082 778 3507
Email: MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from “us.mc1251.mail.yahoo.com” claiming to be email@example.com