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Apr 13

Hoax emails & using BCC

Have you received those emails about how to beat cancer, or how “Muffy” the dog needs you to send an email on so that it will save her owner from dropping into the jaws of death… blah blah. You know what I mean …THOSE emails.

One of the things I hate about these emails are that they pretend to be real information which is endorsed by some reputable organisation to provide legitimacy. The moment I get these my ears prick up & I just have to do a check.

What always amazes me is how people don’t check the information themselves before they send it on, but I guess that is also because the information is laid out in such a way to dupe people.
I really hate those emails, so when I got one of those today I did a quick Google check & then gave this response :

Hate to burst everyone’s bubble but this email was never sent from Johns Hopkins. In fact it is such a problem they have a page dedicated to debunking the information in the email

So how did I find this?
I did a Google search for “johns hopkins cancer email” which led me to this link : http://www.snopes.com/medical/disease/cancerupdate.asp

Snopes leads to the below link which contains the real information regarding cancer & the points made in the email. This is from the real John Hopkins medical centre.

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/kimmel_cancer_center/news_events/featured/cancer_update_email_it_is_a_hoax.html

Please consider whether this is really true or not before disseminating information that you think is true.

Then there is also the old forwarding without removing others email addresses, to which I stated :

You may be wondering where I got your email address from. It was contained in the email as people forwarded this without removing your details or putting your details into the BCC line.
Thank your friends for this.

I emailed this response out to all the people contained in the email, which I put into the BCC line so that I followed my own guidelines.

So what do I recommend?

  1. Please remove peoples email addresses before forwarding an email
  2. When forwarding please consider using the BCC line rather than the TO or CC line
  3. Consider whether the email is actually true & do a check or 2 to confirm this. Great places to check are http://www.snopes.com as well as a simple Google search

 

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