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Thread: Anyone got this email?

  1. #1
    Guest
    I just got this email, but I don't know the truth factor behind it, so take a moment to read it

    Please pass on to everyone you know!!
    Seven women have died after inhaling a free perfume sample that was mailed to them. The product was poisonous. If you receive free samples in the mail such as lotions, perfumes, diapers etc. throw them away. The government is afraid that this might be another terrorist act. They will not announce it on the news because they do not want to create panic or give the terrorists new ideas. Send this to all your friends and family members.

    Franchell Plummer
    Michael A. Stafford's Office
    HarrisCountyAttorney
    2525 Murworth Houston, Texas77054
    Voice: (713) 394-4483
    Fax: (713) 394-4473

  2. #2
    Guest
    I just got this email, but I don't know the truth factor behind it, so take a moment to read it

    Please pass on to everyone you know!!
    Seven women have died after inhaling a free perfume sample that was mailed to them. The product was poisonous. If you receive free samples in the mail such as lotions, perfumes, diapers etc. throw them away. The government is afraid that this might be another terrorist act. They will not announce it on the news because they do not want to create panic or give the terrorists new ideas. Send this to all your friends and family members.

    Franchell Plummer
    Michael A. Stafford's Office
    HarrisCountyAttorney
    2525 Murworth Houston, Texas77054
    Voice: (713) 394-4483
    Fax: (713) 394-4473

  3. #3
    Guest
    Hi Bushmaster. I have not received this e-mail as of yet, but I am glad that you have shared it with others whether it be true or not. It is better to be cautious than not cautious at all.

    My thanks to you for all of your dedication to this board.

    God Bless!

  4. #4
    Guest
    thank you!

  5. #5
    Guest
    It's a hoax just like 99.9% of the emails you get of that nature.

    When you get something like that, go to www.snopes.com and check it out.



    Claim: Seven women have died from sniffing perfume samples sent to them in the mail.
    Status: False.

    Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2001]


    I DON'T KNOW WHERE THIS CAME FROM BUT...
    I feel that it is important to inform you of very important information that I was told. Seven women have died after smelling a free perfume sample that was mailed to them. The product was poisonous. If you receive free samples in the mail such as lotions, perfumes, diapers etc... throw it away. The government is afraid that this might be another terrorist act. They will not announce it on the news because they do not want to alarm us of any danger.




    Origins: This warning of impending danger surfaced in e-mail in mid-October 2001. There's nothing to it -- no such deaths have been reported. The premise that the government would keep such matters from the public so as not to cause panic is laughable, especially in light of Attorney General John Ashcroft's repeated vague warnings about further terrorist activity to come and the media's fascination with the anthrax body count. Even if the government had the power to keep such news under wraps, is it at all reasonable to believe seven grieving families would stay silent about the deaths of their loved ones?

    This baseless bit of scarelore appears to be a combination of two older, equally unfounded pieces of the same genre -- the perfume robbers tale (women in parking lots lured into sniffing cut-rate perfume lose consciousness and are robbed while they're out) and the Klingerman virus scare (blue virus-laden sponges mailed in envelopes marked "A gift for you from the Klingerman Foundation" have caused 23 deaths.) But lore moves forward with the times, so this newer caution incorporates "terrorists" (presumable Middle Eastern) into the mix.

    One of the ways we cope with terrifying times is to try to fill in the gaps of the unknown. In frantic pursuit of this goal, misinformation and information are accorded almost the same weight, and rumors and "warnings" speed along on very fast feet indeed. Such heads up as this fallacious e-mail express current fears about deadly substances arriving by mail, but they also help us feel better about having to live in such dangerous times through the reduction of a nebulous lurking threat to a matter of something that can be dealt with. "Beware of perfume samples" is far less indistinct (and thus far less unsettling) than "Beware of all mail," let alone the anxiety-ridden reality of "We don't know where, when, or how the next attack will occur, so be wary of everything."

    In early 2002, this particular warning received a shot in the arm from having been passed through the County Attorney's office of Harris County, Texas. Franchell Plummer, an administrative assistant working for that service received the e-mailed warning from a friend and unthinkingly forwarded it to others in the manner that so many do. Her signature block became incorporated in the alert, with many taking its presence there as a sign that the information contained in the warning had been vetted by a state attorney's office and that indeed this was an official warning about a real and verified threat. It wasn't -- it was a case of a low-level employee forwarding baseless scaremail to others. Ms. Plummer was officially reprimanded for her act.

    The Harris County Attorney's office has disavowed the e-mail and has been telling all who call to ask that it's a hoax.

    A version that completes with the tagline "JHU Office of Communications & Public Affairs" has similarly been disclaimed by that institution. According to Dennis O'Shea, executive director of communications and public affairs at The Johns Hopkins University, "This warning message was not issued by my office nor has my office in any way authorized it or any message like it."

    Barbara "the devil you eau de cologne" Mikkelson

    Last updated: 7 April 2002

  6. #6
    Guest
    Thanks Marie for the helpful website and information. I am sure it will come in handy in the future.

    God Bless!

  7. #7
    Guest
    yes, my dear friends, and thank you Marie and White Female for seeing what this junk is! Not too many so called "bright" people these days do... (absolutly no racial pun intended!).

    Please also watch "Bowling for Columbine", a movie that will be hard to find (guess why? ;-) But it's the ultimate in U.S. patriotism. German newspapers were claiming that it will be banned in the U.S.

    Well baby guess what? We still are a free nation!

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