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19 Oct 2005

Don't pass on bogus Sainsbury's Gift Vouchers chain letter

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Computer users should not believe everything they read in their email.

An email chain letter which deludes people into thinking they will be given £60 worth of supermarket gift vouchers has spread amongst internet users in the United Kingdom.

The Sainsbury's Gift Vouchers chain letter claims that the British supermarket is encouraging users to forward the email to 10 other internet users to automatically receive vouchers which can be used for groceries and other goods. However, Sainsbury's has not endorsed the email in any way and has advised its customers to delete the email if they receive it.

"The email is clearly nonsense and no such offer exists," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "It should be remembered that hoaxes and chain letters like this are not harmless - they waste time and bandwidth, and can be a genuine headache for support departments. Users need to consider carefully whether everything they receive via email can be trusted."

Sophos has made available a free, constantly updated information feed for intranets and websites which means users can always find out about the latest viruses and hoaxes. Furthermore, Sophos recommends that companies defend their email gateways with a consolidated solution which protects against the threats of spam and viruses.

About Sophos

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing complete security solutions that are simple to deploy, manage, and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers.

Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.