Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to open an attachment called “Invitation Fb” or “Invitation FACEBOOK” because it will launch an “Olympic torch” virus that destroys the hard drive of the infected computer.
The claims in the warning are utter nonsense and should not be reposted. The warning is nothing more than a Facebook driven variant of an old hoax email that has circulated since 2006.
According to yet another “virus” warning that is rapidly making its way around social network Facebook, users should watch out for messages with an attachment named “Invitation Fb”. The warning claims that the attachment contains an Olympic torch virus that “will take the whole hard disk C” on the infected computer. The message further claims that this virus has been classified by Microsoft as the worst ever.
However the claims in the message are total nonsense. There is no virus like the one described in the warning. In fact, the message is nothing more than a Facebook flavoured variant of a tired old virus hoax that has circulated via email since 2006. As the following example of the 2006 email version reveals, the two are clearly woven from the very same cloth:
You should be alert during the next days: Do not open any message with an attached filed called “Invitation” regardless of who sent it. It is a virus that opens an Olympic Torch which “burns” the whole hard disc C of your computer. This is the worst virus announced by CNN, it has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever.
And the original Olympic Torch hoax was itself derived from an even earlier hoax email that began circulating more than a decade ago. Several other hoax messages based on the same “Olympic Torch” theme have circulated since 2006. None have contained even a shred of truth.
Spreading false virus warnings will help nobody. If this hoax message appears on your Facebook page, please do not repost it. And please help to stop its spread by informing the poster and other users that the message is a hoax.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!