!0000? My boss got this


My boss got this email today:

Who among us doesn’t know someone who has experienced the embarrassment of
unknowingly spreading a computer virus via their email address book? It’s
time to STOP this from happening by TAKING CONTROL of your email program! For
those who are unaware, many computer viruses spread themselves by sending
themselves to everyone in your address book. Imagine how you would feel if
you were unknowingly infected with a computer virus, and worse yet, your
friends, family, and business contacts were being targeted by your computer!
Well, if you want to avoid this sort of thing, here’s a great tip: This tip
won’t prevent YOU from getting any viruses (you have to scan those
attachments yourself before opening them to do that), but it will stop those
viruses from latching onto your address book and sending itself out to

To avoid spreading computer viruses, create a contact in your email address
book with the name : !0000 with no email address in the details.

This contact will then show up as your first contact. If a virus attempts to
do a “send all” on your contact list, your pc will put up an error message
saying that: “The Message could not be sent. One or more recipients do not
have an e-mail address. Please check your Address Book and make sure all the
recipients have a valid e-mail address.”

You click on OK and the offending (virus) message would not have been sent to
anyone. Of course no changes have been made to your original contacts list.
The offending (virus) message may then be automatically stored in your
“Drafts” or “Outbox” folder. Go in there and delete the offending message.
Problem is solved and virus is not spread.

Try this and pass on to your email contacts. The more people that use this
technique, the less vulnerable we will be to viruses that spread in this

After doing some poking around, the original source appears to be the Overclockers Club, though I can’t find the original article. No, search, and those archives are painful. Does anyone know anything about this?

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