That people take what's in an email as gospel ?
Even more so if it contains the words "Honestly, this is true I checked it out" towards the top.
Tons of people claim we shouldn't believe things written in newspapers or shown on the news yet the moment an email comes through claiming to be "fully backed up" or "a warning you should be aware of" etc. it's instantly believed and either forwarded on or posted up on the net without a second thought
Another givaway is when some of them claim to be local yet have currency in dollars or wording that is Americanized for example.
Is it just because it's come from someone in your address book ? Do you assume that they've checked out the info as they wouldn't have sent it without looking into it surely ?
What makes email the medium that needs no proof behind it to be believable ?
I'm not ranting about this, it's genuine confusion. It's just a form of technically evolved chain letters.
I suppose the same goes for the ones that read as "this is a nice little poem, there's even a picture of a cute little puppy or baby attached, but if you don't send it on to 30 people in your address book you'll never find happiness again ... trust us, this message comprised of zeros and ones has a direct link to (one of many) Gods and can seriously impair your future if you don't comply in time"
I've dealt with this kind of stuff for the majority of my working life. I've just never been able to understand WHY people continue to send this stuff on and/or post it up on the net without checking up on it themselves.
On the other hand, it does explain why so many people seem to get scammed by the Nigerian email scams.