Paper Laced Perfume Hoax
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Paper Laced With Drugs Perfume Hoax

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Message circulating via social media warns that criminals disguised as perfume sellers are using paper laced with drugs to debilitate victims and then rob them.

Brief Analysis

The claims in the warning are untrue. The message is a variant of a very old hoax that falsely claimed that criminals were using ether disguised as perfume samples to knock out people and steal from them. Passing on such false warnings will help nobody.

Example

Pls, if anyone stops U and ask if u’re interested in some perfume & gives u a paper to smell, Pls DON’T! It’s a new scam, the paper is laced with drugs, U’ll pass out so they can rob you or do worse things to u. Pls forward to all friends and family. Save a life pls. This was received from a Senior Police Officer. Take note and alert everyone u want protected. This is not a joke !!!!!!Paper Laced With Drugs Facebook Hoax Post

Paper laced with drugs Twitter hoax post

 

Detailed Analysis

According to this message, which is being shared far and wide via Facebook and Twitter, dastardly criminals are incapacitating and robbing people by asking them to sniff paper laced with drugs.  The message claims that the criminals get victims to sniff the paper by telling them that it holds a perfume sample.

The message asks people to send the warning to all of their family and friends and claims that the information comes from a “Senior Police Officer”. 
However, the claims in the supposed warning are untrue and should not be taken seriously.  In fact, the message is just an alternative version of a much older hoax that falsely claimed that criminals disguised as parking lot perfume peddlers were tricking people into sniffing ether out of perfume sample bottles.

The “paper laced with drugs” variant also pays allegiance to another widely circulated urban legend that claims that criminals are abducting people by getting them to take a business card laced with the drug burundanga.

As per usual with such warnings, the message provides no evidence or references to back up its claims. The alleged senior police officer is not named nor does the message say where or when any of the supposed attacks took place.

In reality, it is very unlikely that any drug would be so powerful that just one or two sniffs in the open air would render a person instantly unconscious.  Ether won’t. Neither would burundanga.

Moreover, there are no credible police or media reports about assaults or robberies like those described in the warning message.  The original ether perfume bottle story was derived from just one reported incident that occurred back in 1999. However, the alleged victim’s story was never substantiated and may well have been untrue.

Unfortunately, even police agencies and news outlets can sometimes be fooled into reporting on information derived from false warnings that circulate via social media. Such reports can give totally undeserved credence to these bogus warnings.

Sending on false warnings will do nothing to help keep people safe.  Sharing false and misleading health and safety information causes unnecessary fear and alarm and may cause people to ignore genuine warnings.


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,
Hoax-Slayer