Welcome to Hoaxland   mostly by Steve Bass  of PCWorld

Here are five of the more popular deceptions: Often they are only another path to FEAR.

(Favorite Governmental one's are  Small Pox, Anthrax  and Terrorist warnings).   Keth's opinion.

"I am asking you all, begging you to please, forward this email on to anyone and everyone you know, PLEASE. I have a 5 year old son named Christopher John Mineo, Jr., nickname C.J. I am from Brooklyn N.Y. He has been missing since May 11 2001..."
Tugs at your heartstrings, no? You look at the picture of little Johnny and it makes you want to cry. Hey, I know, how about FORWARDING THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW?!!  

This e-mail is a hoax. The kid was never missing; in fact, it's unlikely he ever existed. Read the entire message, the story, and the rationale behind why it's not true at Snopes:  http://www.snopes2.com/inboxer/children/mineo.htm

E-Mail Tax: This gem comes in cycles. I hadn't been asked about it for
months, then last week it was back in full strength. Neither Congress
nor the U.S. Postal Service has any plans for taxing your e-mail
messages. OTOH,  I imagine if we taxed everyone a buck for each lame
joke sent, we could balance the budget. Want details? Zip over to
TruthOrFiction.com, an excellent site:
http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/postoffice.htm

Jdbgmgr.exe: The top hoax a few weeks ago warned you to delete
Jdbgmgr.exe from your system because it is supposedly a virus sent
automatically by Microsoft Messenger--but it is actually a necessary
Java file. We wrote about this hoax in "Virus Hoax Spreads by E-Mail."
Read the details here:
http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,99943,tk,sbx,00.asp

Sulfnbk.exe: This nasty little number took even bright people by
surprise. Unfortunately, it still does. Like Jdbgmgr.exe, the hoax
explains that Sulfnbk.exe is a virus. (It isn't; it's a legit file on
your PC that's used for fixing long file names.) Then the message
provides step-by-step instructions on removing the alleged virus. If
you fell for it, or know someone who did, you'll want to read--and
maybe even print out--"Undoing the Damage Done by Virus Hoax," which
talks you through the quick recovery:
http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,51507,tk,sbx,00.asp

A Card for You: Oh, my, it's the "WORST VIRUS EVER!!!...CNN ANNOUNCED
IT. PLEASE SEND THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!!" The message goes on to
proclaim "a new virus has just been discovered that has been
classified by Microsoft as the most destructive ever!!!!" (About the
only thing Microsoft has sent out that's been that destructive is Win
ME, but that's another story.) Don't fall for this one either. Go to
Sophos for the details:
http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/hoaxes/virtualcard.html

Steve Bass writes a weekly commentary on the technology products he     
loves, the strategies for getting the most out of them, and the                  
gotchas that can cause computing misery.   * This week: How to Spot an E-Mail Hoax                      
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Also Microsoft won't pay you a fortune to forward emails.

For Virus info Check Symantec's web site  http://www.sarc.com/

Symantec Security Response uncovers hoaxes on a regular basis. These hoaxes usually arrive in the form of an email. Please disregard the hoax emails - they contain bogus warnings usually intent only on frightening or misleading users. The best course of action is to merely delete these hoax emails. Please refer to this page whenever you receive what appears to be a bogus message regarding a new virus, or promotion that sounds too good to be true. 
  http://www.sarc.com/avcenter/hoax.html