Email Hoax: Life Owner and Mail Server Report

Email Hoaxes Should Be Promptly Avoided

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The email realm runs rampant of hoaxes. It's so easy to spread emails with a couple clicks, so it makes sense that hoaxes like the Life Owner or Mail Server Report are often seen.

Since 2002, and especially around 2009, this email hoax is still found in emails and even on Facebook.

Note: Email hoaxes are a waste time and sometimes money, depending on what the email is requesting. Some might even include attachments that could contain malware.

Please don't forward them to others.

What the Hoax Talks About

These email hoaxes might be a form of an earlier hoax like the Life is Beautiful virus hoax that began around 2002. It describes a yet-to-be-found virus in an MS PowerPoint PPS file called Life is beautiful.pps.

Some iterations of the hoax describe "life owner" as a person who is suing Microsoft for patent infringement.

What Should I Do With the Email?

This hoax says it has been confirmed by Snopes and Norton, but you can read what they have to say about it in Snopes' Life Is Beautiful Virus and Mail Server Report pages and on Norton's website.

You can safely remove this email from your email. Even if it appears to from someone in your contact list, go ahead and remove it to prevent it from circulating anymore that it already has.

Life Owner/Mail Server Report Hoax Example

Subject: Read immediately !!!

See the bottom. Confirmed by Snopes.

Anyone-using Internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on.

This information arrived this morning, Direct from both Microsoft and Norton

Please send it to everybody you know who has access to the Internet.

You may receive an apparently harmless e-mail titled 'Mail Server Report'

If you open either file, a message will appear on your screen saying: 'It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful.'

Subsequently, you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC, And the person who sent it to you will gain access to your name, e-mail, and password.

This is a new virus which started to circulate on Saturday afternoon. AOL has already confirmed the severity, and the antivirus software's are not capable of destroying it.

The virus has been created by a hacker who calls himself 'life owner'.

PLEASE SEND A COPY OF THIS E-MAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS, And ask them to PASS IT ON IMMEDIATELY!

THIS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY SNOPES.