It Takes Guts to Say 'Jesus'



This hoax surfaced towards the end of January this year (1999) and seems to have suddenly become quite widespread.

Below is a copy of the original hoax message. Note the similarities to other hoaxes, such as GoodTimes.

A new variant appeared in July 1999 (Evil The Cat) and appears below the original.

Original Version: (It Takes Guts to Say 'Jesus')

VIRUS WARNING !!!!!!!
If you receive an email titled "It Takes Guts to Say'Jesus'" DO NOT open it.


It will erase everything on your hard drive. Forward this letter out to as many people as you can. This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know about it. This information was announced yesterday morning from IBM; please share it with everyone that might access the Internet. Once again, pass this along to EVERYONE in your address book so that this may be stopped. Also, do not open or even look at any mail that says "RETURNED OR UNABLE TO DELIVER." This virus will attach itself to your computer components and render them useless.

Immediately delete any mail items that say this. AOL has said that this is a very dangerous virus and that there is NO remedy for it at this time. Please practice cautionary measures and forward this to all your online friends ASAP.


There is no such virus and of course this is a hoax.

New Version:

This one appears to have just added some more techno-babble to try and make it sound more feasible.

Boys,
Just received this via the office take heed!!!!


JimmyB

THIS REAL AND NOT A JOKE:

If you receive an email titled "It Takes Guts to Say 'Jesus' DO NOT OPEN IT. It will erase everything on your hard drive. This information was announced yesterday morning from IBM; AOL states that this is a very dangerous virus, much worse than "Melissa", and that there is NO remedyv for it at this time. Some very sick individual has succeeded in using the re-format function from Norton Utilities causing it to completely erase all documents on the hard drive. It has been designed to work with Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. It destroys MacIntosh and IBM compatible computers. This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know about it. Pass this warning along to EVERYONE in your address book and please share it with all your online friends ASAP so that this threat may be stopped. Please practice cautionary measures and tell anyone that may have access to your computer. Forward this warning to everyone that might access the internet.

*Uni-Tech Inc.
*Computer Sales Service & Supplies
*Tel/Fax (246)426-6496
Hother Associates

Another variant, aka Wobbler or California.

Dear All,
For your reference, take necessary precautions. If you receive an email with a file called California, do not open the file. The file contains WOBBLER virus.


WARNING

This information was announced yesterday morning from IBM; AOL states that this is a very dangerous virus, much worse than "Melissa", and that there is NO remedy for it at this time. Some very sick individual has succeeded in using the reformat function from Norton Utilities causing it to completely erase all documents on the hard drive. It has been designed to work with Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. It destroys Macintosh and IBM compatible computers. This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know about it.

There is no such virus and of course this is a hoax.

Another variant, aka EVIL THE CAT (First appeared at the end of July 1999)

ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY BY IBM: If you receive an email with a file called "EVIL THE CAT" do not open the file. The file Contains the "EVIL THE CAT" virus. IBM reports that... "this is a very dangerous virus, much worse than "Melissa" and there is NO remedy for it at this time. Some very sick, geeky individual has succeeded in using the reformat function from Norton Utilities using it to completely erase all documents on the hard drive. It has been designed to work with Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet explorer. It destroys Macintosh and IBM Compatible computers. This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know about it at this time. Please pass this warning to everyone in your address book and share it with all your online friends ASAP so that the Destruction it can cause may be minimized."

Another variant, aka Blueballs are Underrated (First appeared at the start of August 1999)

"PASS THIS ON TO ANYONE YOU HAVE AN E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR.

IT IS REAL AND NOT A JOKE:

If you receive an email titled "Blueballs Are Underrated" DO NOT OPEN IT.

It will erase everything on your hard drive. This information was announced yesterday morning from IBM; AOL states that this is a very dangerous virus,much worse than "Melissa", and that there is NO remedy for it at this time..

Some individual has succeeded in using the re-format function from Norton Utilities causing it to completely erase all documents on the hard drive..

It has been designed to work with Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. It destroys MacIntosh and IBM compatible computers. This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know about it..

Please practice cautionary measures and pass this warning along to EVERYONE in your address book so that this threat may be stopped."

Please ignore any messages regarding this supposed "virus" and do not pass on any messages regarding it. Passing on messages about this hoax serves only to further propagate it.




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