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Kidney Stealing Hoax

by Brett M. Christensen


Message warns that medically trained criminals are stealing kidneys from living victims to sell on the black market. According to the warning, victims awake in a bathtub full of ice to discover that their kidneys have been removed.

Brief Analysis

The claims in the message are untrue. The story is an old urban legend that has been passed around in various incarnations since at least 1997. A number of versions of the story have circulated including one social media-driven variant set in China. All variants of the story are without substance. Forwarding, sharing or reposting this false information will help nobody


Dont only look at the Nude, but read and share, be safe and attentive !!

1 Sichuan University students to take part in celebration on Saturday night. She felt happy and drank a lot of liquor, then a young man sit in front of her. she was constantly flirting with the boy , until she finally agreed to go with this handsome guy went to a hotel nearby, the guy opened a package. They went to the room,and the girl drank more wine, she slowly began to feel dizzy, drowsy, and then fell she asleep.

When the girl woke up, she found her body in a bathtub
full of ice.There’s a note next to the tub, above red letters with the words “120, or you will die! “Her phone next to the note. She dialled emergency and explain her current situation. Doctors recommended that she check her back, and she found two nine-inch long cut wound in the lower back!!! Doctor wanted her to lie down back to the bathtub full of ice, told her not to move, immediately have the first aid team to find her. It turns out that her kidneys were stolen! The two ports, is to remove her kidneys.! On the black market, 1 kidney is $300,000! Forensics investigation determined that victims who drank liquor, take drugs that are powerful narcotics, plus ice also played to the effect, so victims won’t feel pain. The girl died in hospital after waiting for a kidney donation to nothing.

Police advise everyone: this is 1 new crime is occurring, to young women and men, tourists, targeting students. Criminal organizations is large, and highly trained personnel. Such criminal acts are taking place in many major cities, especially recently in Shandong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan, Xiamen, Quanzhou and Beijing, Shanghai, Sichuan, Chongqing, and bars all over the country(it is also happening in south-east Asia)!! Please send to any person you care about, to the people you know/love !!

(It is similar to what is happening to extremely poor communities in the Philippines. The Philippines was 4th ranking in human trafficking in 2009-2010, the Philippines is still on the top 100. The Liberal administration in the Philippines hasn’t made anything significant to lessen & stop human trafficking.)


Kidney Stealing Hoax Girl


Subject: Kidney thieves!


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


PLEASE forward this to everyone you know

Detailed Analysis

This classic hoax 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 or social media feed! 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.

A new version of the hoax, set in China and featuring an image of a suppossed victim of the scheme, is currently circulating via Facebook and other social media outlets.

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.

Nor is there any evidence to suggest that such crimes are currently taking place in China or the Philippines as claimed in the later version of the hoax.

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 send it on. And please take a moment to let the sender know that the information in the message is a hoax.

Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,