The text of the hoax is as follows:
If anyone receives mail entitled: PENPAL GREETINGS! please
delete it WITHOUT reading it.
This is a warning for all internet users - there is a dangerous
virus propogating across the internet through an e-mail message
entitled "PENPAL GREETINGS!". DO NOT DOWNLOAD ANY MESSAGE
ENTITLED "PENPAL GREETINGS!" This message appears to be a
friendly letter asking you if you are interested in a penpal,
but by the time you read this letter, it is too late. The
"trojan horse" virus will have already infected the boot sector
of your hard drive, destroying all of the data present. It is
a self-replicating virus, and once the message is read, it will
AUTOMATICALLY forward itself to anyone who's e-mail address is
present in YOUR mailbox!
This virus will DESTROY your hard drive, and holds the
potential to DESTROY the hard drive of anyone whose mail is in
your inbox, and who's mail is in their inbox, and so on. If
this virus remains unchecked, it has the potntial to do a great
deal of DAMAGE to computer networks worldwide!!!!
Please, delete the message entitled "PENPAL GREETINGS!" as soon
as you see it! And pass this message along to all of your
friends and relatives, and the other readers of the newsgroups
and mailing lists which you are on, so that they are not hurt
by this dangerous virus!!!!