Issue 61 - Hoax-Slayer Newsletter
Issue 61: May, 2006
This month in Hoax-Slayer:
PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) Premium Rate Scam Warning
The email forward shown below warns consumers about a premium rate phone scam based in the UK. The information in the message is mostly factual, although the scam has now been shut down.
When the scam was operating around December 2005, many UK householders reported receiving a card, ostensibly from a package delivery business named "Parcel Delivery Service" or "PDS". The card advised recipients to phone a number provided in order to arrange delivery of a package, claimed to be a digital camera.
However the contact number was a premium rate line that was charged at £1.50 per minute. A disclaimer in very small print on the bottom of the card informed recipients that the contact number would be charged at a premium rate. Although the cards claimed to originate from Wrexham in the UK, the company responsible for this scam is actually based in Belize, Central America.
reports that those who called the number were asked to answer a number of market research questions before being given a "security confirmation code" to claim their camera. Callers were therefore kept on the line for some time and charged at a rate of £1.50 per minute. Not surprisingly, none of those who lodged complaints about the scam ever received their digital camera.
The phone number used in the scam has now been switched off by ICSTIS
, the UK's premium rate services regulator and Studio Telecom, the company responsible, is under investigation. Studio Telecom was previously fined
for a similar premium rate phone scheme. Information
on the ICSTIS website states that:
During the Christmas period 2005, a number of people across the UK received cards from Parcel Delivery Services (a service run through a service provider called Studio Telecom). When ICSTIS were informed of the content and promotion of this service we invoked our Emergency Procedure - for details click this link - http://www.icstis.org.uk/service_providers/complaints/default.asp) and
removed access to the service (operating on 20 numbers) on 29 December 2005.
Although the scam outlined in the message was true, the claim that an immediate £15 fee was charged as well as the per minute cost is unfounded. ICSTIS notes that
, "the reference to £15 is an urban myth. It is not possible for a £15 charge to be made on connection."
While this particular scam has now been terminated, premium rate phone fraud is not uncommon. People should watch for similar scams that attempt to trick them into making expensive, premium rate phone calls. UK residents can stay informed about premium rate phone services by visiting the ICSTIS website
BBC Wales: Parcel Delivery Services
ICTIS Adjudications: Studion Telecom
ICSTIS Comment (PDF File)
Beware of phoney parcel delivery cards
Digital camera surprise delivery scam
An example of the warning message:
Very important Information
If you receive a card through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) saying that they have a parcel awaiting delivery instructions and give you the contact number [REMOVED].
DO NOT CALL THIS NUMBER IT IS A MAIL SCAM ORIGINATING IN BELIZE - IF YOU DO YOU WILL START TO HEAR A RECORDED MESSAGE AND YOU WILL BE BILLED £15 FOR THE CALL PLUS £1.50 PER MINUTE AFTER THE MESSAGE.
Instead - please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655
Or ICSTIS at www.icstis.org.uk/
Or your local trading Standards Office
Please forward this information to as many people as possible.
AIDS From Contaminated Take Away Food Warning
This message warns that a child has been diagnosed with AIDS after consuming takeaway food contaminated with infected blood. There are at least two different versions of the message. One claims that the contaminated blood was in the sauce on a takeaway burger. Another claims that it was included in a serve of panipuri
, a popular Indian food often sold in roadside stalls.
Like many such emailed warnings, the details are both vague and unsubstantiated. The child or family is not named, nor are any confirmation sources included. Extensive research reveals no credible reports that back up the claims in the message in any way.
Furthermore, the message shows little understanding of important differences between HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). The message claims that the boy was diagnosed with AIDS within 15 days of consuming the supposedly contaminated material. However, AIDS is an illness caused
by HIV and is diagnosed only when the virus has seriously damaged the human immune system and the victim has developed one or more opportunistic diseases
associated with the virus. Not all people infected with HIV will develop AIDS. Moreover, most people with HIV live with the virus for years
before developing AIDS. Thus, the claim that the child contracted AIDS directly
from the AIDS suffering cook within a few days is entirely spurious. To reiterate, while HIV can be transferred from one person to another, AIDS is an advanced stage of an individual's experience with HIV.
Even if the author intended to refer to HIV rather than AIDS, it is, in any event, exceptionally unlikely that the virus could be transmitted in the way described in these messages. HIV dies very quickly in the environment and is unable to reproduce outside its living host. According to
America's Centers for Disease Control (CDC), "HIV does not survive well in the environment, making the possibility of environmental transmission remote". The CDC also maintains
There is no known risk of HIV transmission to co-workers, clients, or consumers from contact in industries such as food-service establishments (see information on survival of HIV in the environment). Food-service workers known to be infected with HIV need not be restricted from work unless they have other infections or illnesses (such as diarrhea or hepatitis A) for which any food-service worker, regardless of HIV infection status, should be restricted.
Furthermore, another CDC article discussing false HIV related rumours
HIV is not an airborne or food-borne virus, and it does not live long outside the body. Even if small amounts of HIV-infected blood were consumed, stomach acid would destroy the virus.
If HIV could be passed on as easily as described in this warning, there would almost certainly be well-documented reports of such incidents. There are more than 40 million people
living with HIV/AIDS around the world along with millions of food outlets of every description. Given these statistics, if it were possible for consumers to be infected with HIV via contaminated takeaway food, such infections would be quite common, and health authorities would advise restrictions for HIV positive food-service workers.
Thus, the claims in the message should not be taken seriously. In fact, this message is reminiscent of an earlier, and completely bogus, AIDS story that claims HIV infected blood has been deliberately placed in the ketchup dispensers
of fast food outlets. Such stories serve no purpose other than to spread unnecessary fear and alarm and add to the many damaging misconceptions surrounding HIV and AIDS. Bogus warnings such as this should not be passed on to others.
HIV Infection and AIDS: An Overview
How does HIV cause AIDS?
How well does HIV survive outside the body?
HIV and Its Transmission
Frequently Repeated Rumors about HIV Transmission
World AIDS & HIV Statistics
HIV Infected Blood in the Ketchup Hoax
A example of the hoax email:
Red alert -PLEASE READ
A 10yrs old boy had eaten a fast food take-away about 15days ago and fell sick, later when he had his health check done doctors diagnosed that he had AIDS. His parents couldn't believe it...?
Then the entire family under went a checkup none of them was suffering from that. The doctors checked with the boy if he had eaten out? And the boy says he had take-away one evening. The hospital team went there to check. They found the take-away cook had a cut on his finger while cutting the onions, and his blood had spread in the food.
The blood was un-noticeable with the sauce on the burger. When they had his blood checked... the guy was suffering from AIDS but he himself was not aware.
Please take care while u eat from fast food outlets or roadside vendors. kindly forward this message to your friends and make them aware too.
New Orleans Library Book Donation Request
The email forward included below asks recipients to consider donating books to the New Orleans Public Library in order to help the library restock after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.
The library was indeed extensively damaged by the storm and it is currently undertaking the mammoth task of rebuilding. However, sending your unwanted books is not
the best way to help. The library has asked that people consider making a monetary donation rather than send books. Information on the library FAQ
The library literally receives hundreds of books each day from thoughtful individuals and organizations around the world. We are extremely grateful for this assistance. However, due to storage and staff limitations, we ask that you consider the suggestions regarding further donations which we outline below.
Monetary donations are the best way to help the library rebuild (link here to donate online). If you would rather mail your donation, please make your check payable to NOPL Foundation and send it to New Orleans Public Library Foundation, 219 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112.
The FAQ suggests that you can also help by purchasing "Rebuild NOPL" Tshirts or bookplates or organizing a book sale and sending the proceeds to the library.
Rebuilding NOPL is certainly a worthwhile cause. However, cash donations and other means of support will be considerably more helpful for the rebuilding process than sending your used books. Before sending books, please review the entire NOPL Donations FAQ
Rebuilding New Orleans Public Library -- NUTRIAS
NOPL: Frequently Asked Questions About Donations
An example of the email:
New Orleans Library Seeking Book Donations
Seeking Book Donations
The New Orleans Public Library
(New Orleans LA)
The New Orleans Public Library is asking for any and
all hardcover and paperback books for people of all
ages in an effort to restock the shelves after
Katrina. Staff will assess which titles will be
designated for its collections. The rest will be
distributed to destitute families or sold for library
fund-raising. Please send your books to:
Rica A. Trigs, Public Relations
New Orleans Public Library
219 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112
If you tell the post office that they are for the
library in New Orleans, they will give you the library
rate which is slightly less than the book rate.
DO SOMETHING GOOD TODAY!
Product Review: Take Charge of Your Computer Security!
A great way to ensure that your computers, and your important
files, are really safe and secure is to implement the knowledge
found in "The Hacker's Nightmare", a terrific computer security
eBook. I consider "The Hacker's Nightmare to be an extremely
valuable computer security resource that is well worth the
One of the great advantages of "The Hacker's Nightmare" is that
it is presented in plain English and even inexperienced computer
users should have no problems understanding and implementing the
advice it contains. The book unfolds as a step-by-step tutorial
that shows you how to secure your computer and practice safe and
efficient computing. The book eloquently explains why a
particular computer security or safety procedure is necessary.
It then supplies detailed instructions about how to implement
the procedure. For example, if the author, Bill Hely, recommends
that readers install a particular program, he explains why the
software is necessary as well as how to download, install and
configure it. The book runs to almost 500 pages, so while it
is easy to understand and does not drown the reader in jargon
or unnecessary technical details, it does thoroughly cover a
wide range of computer security and safety issues.
Bill Hely writes very well, and he has incorporated a great
many screen shots and illustrations that make it quite simple
to follow the instructions he provides. The book is in PDF, so
that you can download and begin reading immediately after
Regardless of whether you are a new computer user running a
single machine, you maintain a home network for your family or
you are responsible for computers in a business environment,
this book can help you implement a very high level of computer
security. What's more, "The Hacker's Nightmare" gives you the
knowledge to achieve this high level of computer security
without the need to outlay large fees for professional security
consultants or highly priced software.
Millions of computers around the world run virtually unprotected
from hackers, worms, viruses, trojans, spyware, spammers,
scammers and all manner of heinous cyber-scum. The good news is
that even the most inexperienced computer user can very
effectively take control of all the threats listed above by
implementing the free or inexpensive computer security methods
outlined in "The Hacker's Nightmare". Unfortunately, many people
still think that they do not really need to secure their
computers or that good computer security is "too hard" or "too
expensive" for "ordinary" computer users. "The Hacker's Nightmare"
very effectively lays all these dangerous myths to rest.
Many computer users who think they have adequate computer
security in place might be shocked to find out how vulnerable
their systems really are. If every Windows computer user read
and implemented the knowledge contained in "The Hacker's
Nightmare", the Internet would be a much safer and more
productive environment in which to work and play. I am proud to
be an affiliate for "The Hacker's Nightmare", and I unreservedly
recommend this book for all those who want to ensure that their
computers and their information remains safe and secure.
Email Warning - Online Speed Camera Offence Information
At face value, the information in emailed warning shown below sounds very worrying! It would certainly be a considerable invasion of your privacy if members of the public could access a personal record of any speed camera offences that you might have against your name.
However, in spite of appearances, no speed camera data is actually accessible on this site. The site is a harmless prank. When a concerned visitor logs on to the site and submits a registration number for checking, a page with some seemingly legitimate data about a recent speeding offence will be displayed. The display includes a "View Picture" button that supposedly allows the visitor to see the actual speed camera photograph of the offence. However, the resulting picture represents the punch line of the joke. After viewing the picture, the visitor is left in no doubt that he or she has been caught out by a clever cyber-prank.
The first indication that the site is not serious is that it actually provides login details for any visitor who requires them. Clicking the "Need a login?" link opens a pop-up window that provides a working username and password. Naturally, since anybody can access login details, password protecting the information is totally redundant. Also, there is no need to provide a real registration number in order to obtain results from the "database". Any string of numbers or letters will be accepted as a "vehicle registration".
So, despite any concerns raised by this email forward, the site is not really a threat to personal privacy. The final "punch line" page of the site does
contain some advertising, which presumably helps to raise revenue for the site owners. However, there is nothing intrusive or untoward about this advertising. Taken in context, the site provides a simple and harmless prank to play on your friends.
Unfortunately, submissions indicate that many people believe the information in the email is true and are forwarding it to all of their friends without actually checking the site first. Thus, the joke is completely lost on many recipients who may continue to erroneously believe that the site represents a genuine threat to their privacy. This email, although intended as a joke, may be in fact helping to spread unrealistic concerns about personal privacy issues.
Another very similar prank website that is also the subject of an emailed "warning", claims that driver's licence information
is publicly available online.
An example of the prank email:
Check this out - its amazing!
Did you know that recent Government legislation changing the Freedom of
Information Acts gives you access to speed camera offences registered
within the last twelve months and placed on a freely accessible website?
Did you know that every time your car goes even over a mile or so over the speed limit, it is registered and placed on the database?
They only send a ticket if you are way over, OR (and here is
the rub.. if you receive over 20 near misses") You can now check how many you have against your car's registered number.
Check this page: http://www.e-database.co.uk/
It will ask you for a password - but just click on the 'need
a password/' link and you'll be given one in a pop-up window. In the top
right hand corner there is a "click-on" window and it even shows the
picture taken by the camera!!!
Ether Perfume Hoax Continues to Circulate
One ageing email hoax that simply will not die is the warning that
criminals lurking in parking areas are using ether disguised as
perfume to debilitate and rob victims. From time to time, a
different version of the hoax set in a different part of the
world begins to circulate. So far, there have been a number of
US, Australian, Irish, Canadian, and New Zealand versions of the
hoax. One Canadian version that is currently circulating
claims to be a "safety tip" from the RCMP. This version claims
to originate from Red Deer, but other versions have been set in
different regions of Canada.
In a 2004 article
on the Langley Advance website, an RCMP
spokesperson denounces the claims:
My advice is to delete the emails and move on," said Cpl. Dale
Carr. "It's not happening." It is the e-mails that are causing
concern, he said, not the incidents themselves - because they
haven't taken place. "It's an urban myth or an e-mail hoax,"
said Carr, noting that police have not received any reports of
such instances actually occurring.
Sometimes, people do
peddle perfume on the street and in
parking lots. Although the quality of this perfume might be
questionable, it IS perfume and sniffing it won't render you
helpless. Sightings of these real perfume sellers might be
helping to keep this old hoax circulating. Those who receive
this "warning" and then later encounter a gang of legitimate
perfume peddlers, might be inclined to take the warning seriously
and pass it on.
However, the warning is entirely bogus and its continued
circulation does nothing more than raise unnecessary fear and
alarm within communities and waste the time of law enforcement
staff who are obligated to field questions about the supposed
attacks from concerned citizens. If you receive a version of this
message, please inform the sender that the message is a hoax and
do not forward it to others.
An example of the RCMP Red Deer version of the hoax:
Subject: Fw: Safety tip from RCMP Red Deer RCMP FYI.
More examples of the Perfume Hoax Email
This is apparently happening in Calgary! Thought I would share.....
This is something that happened to us on the way back from vacation last spring. I didn't think much of it until now. The reason we were a little suspicious is we had been riding in a jeep all day with 100 degrees temps and we stopped at a truck stop for something to drink. When I was leaving, a young girl followed me out and asked what
kind of cologne I was wearing. Well, after 7 hours in the car sweating, I don't think you could tell I was or was not wearing any cologne. We just got in the jeep and said no thanks. Then about 3 weeks ago, I was at a service station in Brampton getting gas. It was about 9:30pm. I was approached by 2 men and 2 women in a car. The man that was driving asked me 'What kind of perfume do you
wear?' I was a bit confused and I asked him 'Why?' He said, 'We are selling some name brand perfumes, at cheap prices.' I said I had no money. He then reached out of the car and handed me paper that was laminated; it had perfume on it. I looked quickly at it and gave it back. I said, I have no money. He said that's OK, we take cheque, cash, or credit cards. Then the people in the car began to laugh. I just got in my car and said no thanks. Then I received this e-mail yesterday and it sent chills up my spine.
[Name Removed], Court Liaison Clerk
R.C.M.P. Selkirk Detachment
Please read this. It is no joke. Here is the e-mail I was sent:
Dear Friends: I know not all of you are women that I am sending this to, but am hoping you will share this with your wives, daughters, mothers, sisters, etc.
Our world seems to be getting crazier by the day. Pipe bombs in mailboxes and sickos in parking lots with perfume. Be careful. I was approached yesterday afternoon around 5:30 PM in the Walmart parking lot by two males asking what kind of perfume I was wearing. Then they asked if I'd like to sample some fabulous new scent they were willing to sell me at a very reasonable rate. I probably would have agreed had I not received an e-mail warning of a "Wanna smell this neat perfume?" scam. The men continued to stand between parked cars, I guess to wait for
someone else to hit on. I stopped a lady going towards them, pointing at them and told her about how I was sent an e-mail at work about someone walking up to you at the malls or in parking lots and asking you to SNIFF PERFUME that they are selling at a cheap price. THIS IS NOT PERFUME...IT IS ETHER! When you sniff it, you'll pass out. They'll take your wallet, your valuables and heaven knows what else. If it were not for this e-mail, I probably would have sniffed the 'perfume' but thanks to the generosity
of an e-mailing friend, I was spared whatever might have happened to me. I wanted
to do the same for you. PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO ALL YOUR WOMEN FRIENDS AND PLEASE BE
ALERT AND BE AWARE. IF YOU ARE A MAN AND RECEIVE THIS, PASS IT ON TO YOUR WOMEN FRIENDS. Ladies, this happened to me yesterday and I didn't smell the perfume either, thanks to this email. This is true. Believe me, I know. I was over by Marlborough Mall in Calgary in the parking lot at lunch time when I was approached. So either day or night, it does not matter. There were 3 guys together when I was approached. I called the police when I got back to my desk. Like the email says above, LET EVERYONE KNOW ABOUT THIS - YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, CO-WORKERS, whomever.
Overpayment Scams Target Online Sellers
The Internet has become a very popular and relatively simple way
for ordinary people to buy and sell items and services of every
description. Unfortunately, con artists have found ways to
capitalize on the popularity of online selling. One method that
scammers use to prey on those who sell online is a scheme
involving an apparent overpayment for an advertised item or
There are a great many variations of these overpayment scams,
but, typically, such scams work like this:
- A seller places an Internet advertisement for a particular item
or service. The item or service is generally something with a
fairly substantial price tag.
- Later, the seller receives a generous offer for the item,
usually via an email.
- The seller agrees on the price, and, often, also agrees to the
proviso that he or she refuses any other offers for the item.
- The scammers then send a cheque for the item. However, the
cheque is for substantially more than the specified amount.
- The scammers invent some excuse for this overpayment and ask
that the balance be electronically transferred to a specified
bank account. For example, they may claim that the extra funds
are to pay the fees of an agent, who is handling the sale, to
cover third party shipping costs, or to settle an unrelated debt.
Usually, the scammers will claim that the transaction needs to be
- The seller dutifully transfers the amount out of his or her own
- Later, the seller finds that his or her bank has dishonoured
the cheque. In some cases, the bank may actually have cleared the
funds, but discovers later that the check is a forgery or was
- Thus the seller has been bilked out of a substantial amount,
with little chance of recovering the money. Furthermore, the item
remains unsold and the seller may have rejected legitimate offers
in the mean time.
In some cases, the scammers may also attempt to trick victims
into revealing sensitive personal information. If the scammers
can collect enough information they may then be able to steal the
To protect yourself against this sort of scam, never agree to a
deal in which the payer wishes to issue an amount for more than
the agreed price and expects you to reimburse the balance. The
scammers use a variety of excuses to explain the overpayment, but
any such excuse should be treated with the utmost suspicion. It
is very unlikely that any legitimate buyer would conduct
business in this way.
An example of an overpayment scam message involving a house
Thanks for the details provided. I will really appreciate you
sending me more pics for proper view also I'll gladly like to
inform you that my organiser after much deliberation have agreed
to pay the requested amount of $800.00 PAYMENT FOR THE FIRST
MONTH RENT PLUS DEPOSIT STARTING FROM MY MOVING IN DATE WHICH
WILL BE ON THE 17TH OF JAN.
Also I'll be staying for 1 yr which will also be paid monthly.
So here is the amount for the month ..you offered for the rent
and will be making payment via a cashier check. Also it might
interest you to know that the cashier check will be issued to you
in an excess amount, in which the excess fund of 'after you might
have deducted your original amount' will be sent to me via
western union transfer. The excess amount is meant for my
travelling allowance, feeding and other expenses.
Kidney Stealing Hoax
The classic hoax shown below claims that a sinister gang of medically trained criminals are out and about harvesting kidneys from unwitting donors for subsequent sale on the black market.
The tale has been around in one form or another for many years, but email and the Internet have given it new life and the perfect vehicle for propagation. And what a great little tale it is! A mini-horror story right there in your email in-box! It's not surprising that this email hoax has proved so resilient and enduring. It's the sort of tale that cries "share me!" Hence a piece of junk mail that should ideally be cast into binary oblivion once and for all keeps on keeping on. Versions of the message have been travelling via email and other means since at least 1997 and have been set in several countries.
According to the message, hapless partygoers or business travellers are drugged and subsequently wake up in a bathtub of ice and discover that their kidneys have been removed. They are warned by way of a written message left by the criminals that they will die if they do not seek help immediately. However, the tale is purely a work of fiction. In spite of the longevity of the rumour, no credible reports of such incidents have ever been recorded. According to
America's National Kidney Foundation:
A persistent rumor that has been circulating for the past ten years has recently been reborn on the Internet: a business traveler has a drink with a stranger and wakes up in a tub full of ice, minus one or both kidneys.
The foundation has received calls from concerned business travelers who have been warned by their travel agents to beware of the 'crime ring' when traveling. "It's an urban myth run amok," says Fred Herbert, chairman of the National Kidney Foundation. "There is no evidence that such activity has ever occurred in the United States," says Mr. Herbert.
Although this story is unfounded and untrue, many who hear it believe that this could really happen. "It is unfortunate when inaccurate information is reported about the organ donor process," says Mr. Herbert. "In truth, transplanting a kidney from a living donor involves numerous compatibility tests that must be performed before the kidney is removed. So it's highly unlikely that a gang could operate in secrecy to recover organs that would be viable for a transplant," he explains.
One early version of the hoax claimed that a kidney stealing gang was operating in the New Orleans area of the United States. However, the New Orleans Police Department issued the following statement
denying the claims.
January 30, 1997
Internet Subscribers: Over the past six months the New Orleans Police Department has received numerous inquiries from corporations and organizations around the United States warning travelers about a well organized crime ring operating in New Orleans. This information alleges that this ring steals kidneys from travelers, after they have been provided alcohol to the point of unconsciousness.
After an investigation into these allegations, the New Orleans Police Department has found them to be COMPLETELY WITHOUT MERIT AND WITHOUT FOUNDATION.
Even if the tale was true, one wonders why criminals unscrupulous enough to steal a person's kidneys for profit would go to the trouble of trying to save the life of their victim by leaving him or her in an ice bath. Dead men tell no tales.
Many thousands of people around the planet are waiting for organ transplants. The Kidney Foundation notes that
this ridiculous hoax may "affect the public's willingness to become organ donors". Please do not forward it.
The National Kidney Foundation Dispels Rumors About Illegally Harvested Kidneys
Organ and Tissue Donation-The Kidney Myth
The Kidney Thieves
An Australian example of the hoax email
THIS IS TRUE STORY, RING THE BOTTOM NUMBER IF YOU DONT BELIEVE
IT!! Medical Centre phone number at the end of this story is
real. This guy went out on a Saturday night a few weeks ago to a
party. He was having a good time and had a couple of beers and
some girl seemed to like him and invited him to go to another
party. He quickly agreed and decided to go along with her. She
took him to a party in some apartment and they continued to
drink, and even got involved with some drug (unknown).
The next thing he knew, he woke up completely naked in a bathtub
filled with ice. He was still feeling the effects of the drugs,
but looked around to see he was alone. He looked down at his
chest, which had CALL 000 or YOU'LL DIE" written on it with
lipstick. He saw a phone was on a stand next to the tub so he
picked it up and dialled. He explained to the EMS operator what
the situation was and that he didn't know where he was, what he
took, or why he was really calling. She advised him to get out of
the tub. He did, and he appeared normal, so she told him to check
his back. He did, he found two 9 inch slits on his lower back.
She told him to get back into the tub immediately, and they sent
a rescue team over.
Apparently, after being examined, he found out more of what had
happened. His kidneys were stolen. They were worth $10,000 each
in the black market.Several guesses are in order: The second
party was a sham, the people involved had to be at least medical
students and it was not just recreational drugs he was given.
Regardless, he is currently in the hospital on a life support,
awaiting a spare kidney. The University of Sydney in conjunction
with the Royal Prince Alfred hospital is conducting tissue
research to match the victim with a donor.
I wish to warn you about a new crime ring that is targeting
business travellers. This ring is well organized and well funded,
has very skilled personnel and is currently operating in most
major cities around the world and recently very active in
Sydney. The crime begins when a business traveller goes to a
lounge for a drink at the end of the work day. A person in the
bar walks up as they sit alone and offers to buy them a drink.
The last thing the traveller remembers until they wake up in a
hotel room bathtub, their body submerged to their neck in ice,
is sipping that drink.
There is a note taped to the wall instructing them not to move
and to call 000. A phone is on the small table next to the
bathtub for them to call. The business traveller calls 000 who
have been quite familiar with this crime. The business traveller
is instructed by the 000 operator to very slowly and carefully
reach behind them and feel there i s a tube protruding from the
back. The business traveller finds the tube and answers "YES".
The 000 operator tells them to remain still, having already sent
paramedics to help. The operator knows that both of the
traveller's kidneys had been harvested.
This is not a scam or out of science fiction novel. It is real.
It is documented and confirmable. If you travel or someone close
to you travels, please be careful. Sadly,this is very true. My
friend's husband is a Sydney EMT and they have received alerts
regarding this crime ring. It is to be taken very seriously. The
daughter of a friend of a fire-fighter had this happen to her.
Skilled doctors are performing these crimes! (which, by the way
have been highly noted in the Brisbane area). Additionally, the
military has received alerts regarding this. I REALLY WANT AS
MANY PEOPLE TO SEE THIS AS POSSIBLE SO PLEASE BOUNCE THIS TO
WHOEVER YOU CAN. (Person's Name) DML/Lab Administration Medical
Manager Research And Development [CONTACT DETAILS REMOVED]
PLEASE forward this to everyone you know
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