Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Cindy Swanson, CyberSnoop: The Case of the Drug-Soaked Business Card
Are criminals in the United States using businesses cards soaked with a drug called burundanga to incapacitate female victims?
No. My sources tell me that this is another false one.
The e-mail I received just the other day comes with the subject line “Serious incident in Katy Texas…read this and be careful.”
I guess they're banking on the fact that YOU won't check this out?
An interesting note: the e-mail I received actually starts with the sentence, “I checked this out on Snopes” and actually provides a link to Snopes.com…that takes you to the very page that refutes it! Go figure.
It goes on to claim that it’s from a woman named Angelique Cole whose ex-husband is a detective for the Dallas police department. Supposedly he and his cop friends are trying to spread the word about this danger.
The e-mails start in various ways, but they pretty much all tell the story of a man coming over and offering his services as a painter to a woman putting gas in her car. She says no, but accepts his business card…and almost immediately she starts to get dizzy and and can’t catch her breath. She realizes that fumes she’s smelling are coming from the business card.
According to the e-mail, the substance on the card is a drug called burundanga that is used to incapacitate a victim to steal from or take advantage of them.
Yes, there is such a thing as burundanga
What IS true is that there IS such a drug as burundanga…it IS extremely dangerous, but actual cases of it being used seem to be confined to regions in and around Colombia, South America. The U-S government has warned travelers to South America about such drugs for years.
However, our sources say there have been no known cases of the drug showing up in the United States.
By the way, burundanga doesn’t have an odor, so you wouldn’t be noticing strong fumes. Typically the drug is NOT put on a business card, but slipped into a drink or some food.
Clearing up another Internet rumor, this is Cindy Swanson, CyberSnoop...reminding you to check it out BEFORE you hit that "send" button!
NOTE: This feature is now airing as "Cindy Swanson, CyberSleuth" on the radio in Canada! I share my internet sleuthing to de-bunk or confirm e-mail rumors with Beth Warden on ShineFM.com