Email Disclaimers: ‘I don’t know who you are and I don’t care’

Email Disclaimers: ‘I don’t know who you are and I don’t care’

middle-fingerDo you ever get email from consultants, lawyers, and other ‘experts’ with disclaimers in their signatures? I do and seriously dislike them. The usually go something like this:

‘if you are not the intendent recipient of this message please delete it…’

What I’m reading between the lines:

‘I might be billing you 300 an hour but I have no idea which client of mine you are. I’m too stupid, lazy or ignorant to look who I’m emailing so you might be ‘Bart’ instead of ‘Boris’. Oh, and don’t worry, l will bill you both anyway’

I don’t think they intend to send me THAT message, but that is what I read. Am I paranoid? Am I overreacting? Maybe I am.

Do you use a disclaimer on your email? Do you mind them? Tell us why in the comments please.

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