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Anti-Mormon spam email targets LDS Business College students

A spam email with an attachment that discusses concerns with Mormon teachings was sent Tuesday to LDS Business College students.

The email was addressed to hundreds enrolled at the church-owned college in downtown Salt Lake City, according to one student who received it. The email — which was not from a school account — listed the sender as LDSBC Important.

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The email says, "Dear students, Please read the attached file. It contains important information pertaining to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. If you have any questions, please feel [sic] to respond. Thank You!"

The attachment is "Letter to a CES Director, Why I Lost My Testimony," by Jeremy Runnells, a sixth-generation Mormon and returned missionary who wrote the piece after experiencing a crisis of faith. The document was published online in April 2013 and updated in February.

Runnells, however, has denounced such mass emailings and has asked specifically that his letter not be shared that way.

D. Louise Brown, the college’s director of public affairs, said the school’s email system was not breached and that LDSBC never sends out emails from a non-LDSBC account.

The sender, who used a gmail account, could have picked up the email addresses from a global message sent by a student, she said. She encouraged any student who receives a fake email from a non-school account to mark it as spam.

"We’re a large institution," Brown said, "and any large institution gets spammed."

Pamela Manson

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