This story was first published on November 4, 2015
According to a message that is circulating rapidly via social media, SMS, and email, you should not buy a frozen juice brand called ‘Bompie’.
Supposedly, the juice was shipped into Ghana from Nigeria and has so far killed 180 people. The warning rather vaguely suggests that the deaths occurred because the juice contains ‘a poisonous chemical’. It asks you to pass on the information in the hope of saving ‘millions’ of people from such poisoning deaths. It further advises that, if you do not believe the claims, you should search Google for ‘Bompie frozen juice’.
However, the warning is false. No such deaths have occurred and there are no credible reports that support the claims in the message in any way.
In fact, this bogus warning is just a revamped version of an earlier hoax that falsely claimed that a bottled water called ‘Dew’ had killed 180 people. As the following example reveals, the two hoaxes are cut from the same cloth:
Please don’t buy or drink any bottled water called ‘DEW’. Customs say it was shipped into Nigeria from Tanzania where it has killed 180 people. It is said to contain a poisonous chemical. Please pass this on and save millions. If u don’t believe check google for ‘DEW bottled water’.
The image used in the hoax message was apparently taken from earlier posts that discussed the juice product but made no mention of poisoning.
Both versions of the warning are without substance and should not be taken seriously. Sharing such nonsense serves only to spread fear and alarm among communities. If you receive this message, please do not share it with others. And please let the person who sent it to you know that the warning is a hoax.
Please don’t buy or drink any plastic frozen juice called ‘Bompie. Customs says it was shipped into Ghana from Nigeria where it has killed 180 people. It is said to contain a poisonous chemical. Please pass this on and save millions. If u don’t believe check google for “Bompie frozen juice” Save lives as I just saved yours.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!