The Ashley Marc James Virus Hoax

Do you remember the Simon Ashton email hoax I wrote about recently?

That email erroneously stated that a hacker could gain access to accounts simply through the forwarding of an email.

Ashley Marc James Virus Hoax

Well here’s a variation on the theme that suggests that adding Ashley Marc James to an internet messenger account could also be equally dangerous –

LISTEN UP!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!

If someone by the name of Ashley Marc James wants to add you to their list dont accept it.

Its a virus.

Tell everyone on your list because if somebody on your list adds them you will get it too.

It is a hard drive killer and a very horrible virus.

Please pass this on to everyone on your list.

We need to find out who is using this accounts.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Right click on your group name of your buddy list and click Send Message to all.

Copy and paste this message

Of course the above message isn’t true – it’s a virus hoax.

Whilst there are some potential security issues regarding the use of instant messaging services it is not the case that simply adding someone to a list will guarantee that you will become infected with a virus!

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.


  1. I just got this and am so glad it is a hoax as I was a little worried for a time there.

  2. Thanks for sharing this you’ve put my mind at ease.

  3. Dionne Collins says:

    Is that what a hard drive looks like on the inside?


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