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Re: Should I continue to send plants through the post?

Hi Loh. The message you got is a hoax. There is no such Klingerman virus.
Using the mail is not foolproof, but I think it is still acceptable for
sending your plants. Even in blue envelopes. :)

Dan Dixon

> From: Loh Kwek Leong <timebomb at pacific_net.sg>
> Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2001 22:06:13 +0800
> Subject: Should I continue to send plants through the post?
> Hi, folks,
> This could be slightly off-topic but I hope you will bear with me
> for a while.  I received a message (appended below) a few hours
> ago.  If I had received such a message exactly a month ago, I would
> have immediately dismissed it as nonsense and delete it off my
> computer.  But now........
> I'm concerned about the things stated in the message for 2 reasons.
> The first one is pretty obvious.  If what was said is true, then I think
> we should all be careful about what we receive through the post.
> My other concern is that I will be sending quite a few parcels over
> the next few days to 2 persons on this mailing list.  The parcels will
> contain different aquatic plants, namely, Christmas Moss, Narrow Leaf
> Java Ferns, Cypress helferis and Hairgrass.  They are for the coming
> plant auction in Chattanooga to help raise money for the defense fund.
> If what was said in the message below is even slightly true, I suppose
> the people in the customs and post offices will check every envelope
> much more thoroughly than usual.  Chances are my plants will never
> reach their destinations.  As it is, I was just informed today by someone
> living in the US of A that the moss I sent more than 2 weeks ago still
> has not arrived.
> In the last couple of weeks, I have sent exactly 101 packs of Christmas Moss
> to various people all over the world.
> My moss has gone to places as far as Brazil, India, Germany, United
> Kingdom, Malaysia and Canada.  The bulk of it, of course, went to the
> US of A.
> Should I continue to send plants through the post?
> Loh K L
> - --------------------------------------------------------------------------
> A t t e n t i o n:
> This is very scary and is not a joke.   Please read.
> It definitely is a serious threat to our lives and
> health.
> This is an alert about a virus in the original sense
> of the word...one that affects your body...not your
> hard drive. There have been 23 confirmed cases of
> people attacked by the Klingerman Virus, a virus that
> arrives in your real mailbox, not in your e-mail
> inbox.
> Someone has been mailing large blue envelopes,
> seemingly at random, to people in the US and Canada,
> front of the envelope in bold black letters is printed
> "A Gift For You From The Klingerman Foundation". When
> the envelopes are opened, there is a small sponge
> sealed in plastic. This sponge carries what has come
> to be known as the "Klingerman Virus" and public
> health officials state this is a strain of virus they
> have not previously encountered. Those who have come
> in contact with the "Klingerman Virus" have
> been hospitalized with severe dysentery (blood and
> mucus in your stool). So far seven of the twenty-three
> victims have died. There is no legitimate Klingerman
> Foundation mailing unsolicited gifts. If you receive
> an oversized blue envelope in the mail marked "A Gift
> For You >From The Klingerman Foundation". Do not open
> it! Place it in a strong plastic bag or container and
> call the police immediately. The "gift" is one you
> definitely do not want to open.
> PS: This mail has been forwarded throughout over USA
> & Canada...
> but this virus was believed to be sent overseas
> already so be careful any time when you open the mail
> or parcel post.