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Many of the emails include fake 'error codes' designed to support the idea that something has gone wrong and you must therefore click the link to view the full message.
But, of course, if you do click the link, you will not be taken to a missing message. Instead, a seemingly official BBC News webpage will open in your browser.
The page includes the BBC News logo and colour scheme along with menu and sidebar links that lead to pages or reports on the genuine BBC News site.
However the webpage has no connection whatsoever to BBC News. It is a spam website that peddles very dubious 'miracle' weight loss products. The advertising copy is presented as a news article and includes embedded links that lead to a slick sales website where you can buy the supposed weight loss product.
Unfortunately, because the information is presented as news and appears to come from a trusted source such as BBC News, at least some recipients are likely to click through and buy the products.
Even if you believe that the product promoted on the fake website may have some merit, it would be very unwise to proceed to buy. The people responsible for this spam campaign use deliberately deceptive tactics by pretending that a message could not be displayed. And, their website fraudulently masquerades as a trusted news site just to trick potential customers into believing their spurious health claims. Such tactics are beneath contempt. These people certainly should not be trusted with your credit card details or any other personal information.
If you receive one of these spam emails, just delete it.