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'Invitation Facebook' Virus Alert Is a Hoax

By April 27, 2012

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(UPDATED) You may come across an announcement like the following in the form of a Facebook status update or a forwarded email. Either way, it's false:

PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS NOTICE TO YOUR CONTACTS! In the coming days, you should be aware. Do not open any message with an attachment called: INVITATION FACEBOOK, regardless of who sent it. It is a virus that opens an Olympic Torch that burns the whole hard disc C of your computer. This virus will be received from someone you had in your address book. If you receive a mail called: INVITATION FACEBOOK, though sent by a friend, DO NOT OPEN IT and DELETE IT. Post this on your wall PLEASE

If you're curious about where the misinformation came from, it's a rewording of a hoax older than Facebook itself. Read the details...

Comments

May 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm
(1) jose rodriguez says:

I had trouble when I did that from who knows out of the regular guys I play with..but the pets pest thing should go down..no add on polls.like things that ends with- ;ing crap..I wasn`t there and deleted all incoming emails from those`s post..crap.anyway..I think ,I`m curtain I cought my Short-cut virus from castleville..Thats where I head first..then Petcity..My ISP did a malware and didn`t find nothing..that was weird..anyway by doing a back-up my pc is ok..but..I`m afraid of going back to facebook..not unless they post new on this latiest virus..I cant afford to be infected twice in one week..Even my norton crashed..my pc ok..now…sry to leave ya..dated 4-29/30 2012

June 1, 2012 at 6:14 am
(2) Graham says:

I did think this was familiar and realised that the last invitation email came to nothing. I think its a way fro some one to glean email addresses for marketing purposes that’s what most of these send to everyone you know emails are about.

June 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm
(3) Lorena says:

The first thing I do when I receive warnings from well meaning friends, is Google it, invariably it comes up as a hoax, never-the-less, should I receive a message on FB ( or anywhere else ) that is connected to the warning then I would just delete it without question.
I am sending this comment with fingers crossed that this isn’t just for marketing purposes !

February 5, 2014 at 10:11 pm
(4) Curt says:

I got this email today and when I clicked on it, sure enough my computer morphed into an actual Olympic Flame ! It was quite beautiful, but in just a few minutes it was over….. My entire drive C, as well as the rest of the alphabet were burned up. I phoned the friend who emailed this to me and she said her computer has stayed in the Olympic Torch mode for days, so she has put on her running shorts and is carrying it to the Sochi Olympics in Russia !

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