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Lump of Coal Virus Hoax

Lump of Coal Virus Hoax

07 September 1999
13 February 2007

This is a hoax. The hoax message is similar to the following:

Warning on December 25, 1999 you may receive an email called, Lump of Coal...Don't open it, it contains a deadly will erase Windows along with many other program files. Pass this on as soon as you can to get the WORD out!!! This is not a hoax....this was reported on the CBS morning news August 20,1999. Please ignore any messages regarding this hoax and do not pass on messages. Passing on messages about the hoax only serves to further propagate it.
Writeup By: Motoaki Yamamura