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Steps to take if you have received a hoax

  • Make sure the warning is a real hoax. Verify if the person sending out the hoax is a real one and if the claims are real. Be aware that sometimes person sending the email doesn't have anything to do with the hoax.
  • If you are not sure that the warning you received is a real hoax, check the pages of different hoax websites to see if the hoax email you received has already been certified as such. Many of the antivirus companies have a website page with information about the most known viruses or hoaxes.
  • See if the warning is valid. Check it with legitimate sources, such as: antivirus vendors sites or computer system security administrators.
  • Check the PGP signature to ensure that the document was indeed written by the sender.
    Click here to visit CERT, CIAC.
  • Don't send the message unless you are 100% sure it is a real warning.
  • Report the hoax to us, so we can make it public.

Real warnings about viruses are digitally signed.


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