Earlier today, I received an email with the headline (translated) “Billionaire Husband of Ha Phuong Arrested.” The husband the email referred to was Chinh Chu, billionaire executive of private equity firm Blackstone. The problem? It wasn’t him.
The email (pictured to the left) referenced a CNN Money article titled “Don Chu arrested in inside-trading probe.” Don Chu, who’s full name is Don Chin Trang Chu, was arrested for selling insider information to hedge funds. The author of the email, seeing a similar name and profession, jumped to the conclusion that it was Chinh Chu, made famous in the Vietnamese community when he appeared on Paris by Night.
Let’s get this straight: Don Chin Chu is not Chinh Chu. Their names are not even spelled the same. Secondly, the CNN article referenced is dated November 2010. This is not breaking news.
Normally, we don’t write about rumors. However, this rumor seems to have traveled a long way (and through thousands of people) to end up in my inbox. It really rubs me the wrong way. Why? It shows a complete disregard for a man’s reputation. All the author of the email had to do was read a few lines into his source article and figure out how to actually spell Chinh Chu’s name. Instead, he was lazy and over zealous, skipping his due diligence to shoot off a false rumor to potentially thousands of people.
These kind of baseless rumors and accusations happen way too often in our community. It’s poisonous. Let’s stop it from happening. The next time you see these emails in your inbox (our your mom’s inbox), be skeptical. Demand facts and check multiple sources. Question supposed “experts” or points of authority. Think: does this make common sense?
Let’s stop that rumor mill!