A few days ago CNN ran a story
about people who have sent an e-mail to the wrong recipients.
In the workplace you could potentially get into some hot water if the wrong party were to receive an e-mail.
Socially, I think that everyone at some time or another has done it. Usually, it’s because we have become accustomed to the autofill settings on our e-mail clients or because you accidentally hit “reply all”. The end result is either a bunch of deletes and some red faces.
What would you do if you received an e-mail that was addressed to you but, not really intended for you?
I can think of one time when this happened to me.
It was obvious that someone made a mistake so, being a busy individual, I deleted the e-mail and moved on.
CNN offers some suggestions if you are the sender who erred and how to not err in the first place;
•Type out the person’s full name when addressing your e-mail. If you type just the first few letters and let your e-mail program fill out the rest based on your address book, it could easily misroute your message without your realizing it.
• Double-check the addresses of your intended recipients before you hit “send.” Do you really want all the people to get this particular message?
• Be sure to notify your company’s legal department if there is any chance that governance, compliance or privacy regulations were violated as a result of something you sent by mistake.
• Immediately notify the person who received the e-mail that it was a mistake and, if possible, ask them not to read the message — or at least to delete it right away
If someone notified you that they screwed up and sent you the wrong e-mail, would you delete it and move on or would you be enticed to read it?