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The spam mail promotes content from a COVID-19 conspiracy theory website that rehashes lies about the pandemic.
An email claiming that the World Health Organization (WHO) is a ‘one-world government’ with its own constitution was forwarded to Namibia Fact Check recently with the comment “For Your Information.”
The email promotes the conspiracy theory-laden ‘Grand Jury Series’, which was published by the conspiracy theory peddling ‘Stop World Control’ website.
(NOTE: We do not link to the ‘Stop World Control’ website because we do not spread lies and conspiracy theories.)
The ‘Stop World Control’ website, on its home page, states:
“The World Health Organization has an official agenda for ten years of ongoing pandemics, from 2020 to 2030. They can declare a pandemic whenever they want. During pandemics the WHO becomes an effective one world government, overruling the constitutions and laws of all the nations in the world. The plan is crystal clear. Watch the video now!”
From there the website goes into promoting its conspiracy theories mainly through documentaries accessible from the website.
One of the individuals featured on the website is German lawyer Reiner Fuellmich, who has been a prominent COVID-19 denialist and anti-vaccine propagandist since 2020, whose false claims and conspiracy theories have been numerously debunked over the last two years.
The conspiracy theories being peddled through the website include everything from old Bill Gates-is-evil to COVID-19-vaccines-are-killing-millions and the WHO-wants-global-control.
Content of the ‘Stop World Control’ website has been fact-checked by various fact checkers, such as this debunk of the claim that COVID-19 vaccines were responsible for millions of deaths by American fact checker Politifact a year ago, on 26 September 2021.
Namibia Fact Check has also previously fact checked claims by Reiner Fuellmich, such as his claim that there is “scientific evidence proving the total unreliability of PCR tests and the fraud behind them” and his claim that COVID-19 vaccines “have nothing to do with vaccinations, but are part of genetic experiments”.
Namibians are warned to recognise such spam emails promoting conspiracy theories and lies related to global health and the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines.
Here’s how to recognise such emails, according to American fact checker FactCheck.org:
- The author is anonymous.
- The author is supposedly a famous person.
- There’s a reference to a legitimate source that completely contradicts the information in the e-mail.
- The message is riddled with spelling errors.
- The author just loves using exclamation points.
- The message argues that it is NOT false.
- There’s math involved.