What is hoax ? Explained with [email protected] and Email hoax

What is a hoax? A hoax is just some rumor or false information spread over the internet. Here we have explained what a hoax really is by using an email hoax example.


A variant of the “!0000” hoax, this “tip” instructs users to add the bogus [email protected] name to their email address book in an effort to thwart email worms. The author assumed that the worm would try to send itself to all addresses listed in the address book and an error would be generated because of the bogus address.

Why it won't work

Email worms rarely send only to the Windows address book. Even fewer worms send to all addresses at once. Most of today’s email worms harvest email addresses from all over the system, including from.TXT,.DOC, and.HTM files, as well as the Windows address book. Most newer worms also contain their own SMTP engine, thus they work independently of the mail client and the supposed alert would never be generated.

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What makes it dangerous

This variant of the “!0000” tip is so bad, it may as well have been created by a virus writer. The tip promises you’ll never have to worry about opening email again. The reality is, the tip doesn’t work and believing that it will lead to a very hazardous false sense of security. That in turn, can lead to infection which in turn will be spread to friends and colleagues. In short, this “tip” is part of the problem, not part of the cure.

Example of Hoax email

I don’t know if this works or not, but it is easy and seems harmless, so I did it!

As you may know, when/if a worm virus gets into your computer it heads straight for your email address book, and sends itself to everyone in there, thus infecting all your friends and associates.

This trick won’t keep the virus from getting into your computer, but it stops it from using your address book to spread further, and it will alert you to the fact that the worm has gotten into your system.

Here’s what you do:

First, open your address book and click on “new contact,” just as you would do if you were adding a new friend to your list of email addresses.

In the window where you would type your friend’s first name, type in “A”.

For the screen name or email address, type [email protected]

Now, here’s what you’ve done and why it works:

The “name” “A” is placed at the top of your address book as entry#1. This will be where the worm will start in an effort to send itself to all your friends.

But, when it tries to send itself to [email protected], it will be undeliverable because of the phony email address you entered. If the first attempt fails, the worm goes no further and your friends will not be infected.

Here’s the second great advantage of this method:

If an email cannot be delivered, you receive notification of this in your Inbox almost immediately. Hence, if you ever get an email telling you that an email addressed to “[email protected]” could not be delivered, you know right away that you have the worm virus in your system. You can then take steps to get rid of it!

Pretty slick huh?

If everybody you know does this then you need not ever worry about opening mail from friends.

FYI: Another way…found this while doing a web search:

Put as the first email address in address book the name:”!0000″ and the email address must be ONLY “!0000” (So no @ and a name only “!0000”
They will ask if this is an ok answer is yes…).

If there is incoming email who try to get into your address book and spread the virus on it will be bounced back directly.


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