What Is the Life Owner and Mail Server Report Hoax?

About the Life Owner/Mail Server Report Hoax

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Life Owner and Mail Server Report are the names of email hoaxes that claim one thing but deliver another. They might seem real and useful but normally just contain a virus in hopes that users will forward the message to as many people as possible to spread the virus. 

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

Keep reading to learn more about what the Life Owner and Mail Server Report virus hoaxes claim to be, what they actually do, what they look like, and how and why to get rid of them.

Important: 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. Delete these emails immediately and do not forward them to others.

What the Hoax Claims

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 a Microsoft 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.

This hoax claims to have been confirmed as legitimate 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.

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

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.

What to Do With This Email Hoax

This email hoax is completely useless and serves no purpose. Anyone who receives this email is getting spammed by unnecessary messages and will find no real use to the email.

On top of that, some iterations of the hoax explain that there's a virus going around that you need to get rid of in order to avoid an infection, and so it attaches a file to the email that supposedly provides a way to clean your computer.

However, that file attachment is in fact the virus itself.

The best course of action if you get the Life Owner or Mail Server Report email hoax, is to promptly remove it from your email account be deleting it. Even if it appears to be from someone in your contact list, go ahead and delete it to prevent it from circulating anymore than it already has.

Tip: As always with computer-related threats, it's important to scan your computer for malware and ensure that your computer is protected with an antivirus program.