Virus that pretends to be a Red Cross request for donations-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
A virus warning about a Trojan horse virus named “Septer.Trojan.”
According to Symantec, this is true. It is an email that appears to come from the American Red Cross or the United Way and solicits donations for the victims of the terrorist attacks. It includes a form for you to fill out for donating online, but the money doesn’t go to the Red Cross or any other legitimate charity. It is believed that all your information, including credit card number, goes to whoever created the virus.
The American Red Cross says it does not solicit donations by email. Donations can be safely made through the Red Cross web site at http://www.redcross.org.
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
Septer.Trojan is a Trojan horse that attempts to steal
your credit card information by pretending to be a
solicitation from the American Red Cross. Septer arrives
by e-mail and appears to come from the American Red
Cross, the United Way, and the September 11 fund.
Attempting to exit the donation form results in pop-up
windows urging you to complete the form. This Trojan is
not widespread and does no damage to one’s computer, but
because of interest in the events of September 11, the
American Red Cross and Symantec are making people aware
of Septer. This Trojan horse ranks a 2 on the ZDNet