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Perfume “Spray Once and U Die Immediately” Hoax Warning

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline:
Circulating message warns people not to buy or use a type of perfume depicted in an attached image because if you spray it on yourself once, you will die immediately. Supposedly, the “death sentence” perfume has already been found in four African countries. The message asks that you forward the information to all of your contacts  and thereby save people’s lives.


Brief Analysis:
The claims in the message are utter nonsense. There are no credible news or police reports that support the claims that people have died from spraying or sniffing the pictured perfume or any other type of perfume. The product depicted in the image is a popular fragrance that is sold all around the world and used daily by very large numbers of people with no ill effect whatsoever. The bogus warning is just a revamped version of earlier – and equally false “killer product and perfume” warnings.

Example:
pls were ever u find dis perfume do not buy nor use its in 4countries already btw African western world. if u spray once it’s death sentence. u die immediately. pls forward it to all contact on r phone. even to all friends and family. save a soul today n always, I just didPerfume Death Sentence Hoax Warning



Detailed Analysis:
According to a rather breathless “warning” message that is circulating via SMS, social media posts, and  email, you should not buy or use the type of perfume depicted in an attached image. The message warns that just one spray of the perfume is a death sentence and you will die immediately. Supposedly, the killer perfume has already been found in four African countries.

The message urges you to “save a soul today” by passing on the information to all of your contacts.

However, the claims in the would-be warning are nonsense. No such perfume related deaths have occurred. There are no credible news or health authority reports that support the claims in the warning message in any way whatsoever.

Moreover, the product depicted in the hoax message is a popular brand of perfume that is sold all around the world and regularly used by a great many people. If the pictured perfume was really the deadly substance that the message warns about, users world wide would be dropping like flies. And, of course, if that were true, then there would be an urgent recall of the product along with extensive news coverage. But, there is no recall and no news coverage.

Another version of the hoax warning that circulates in Arabic claims that a number of people in Iraq have been killed or severely injured after sniffing the perfume. This version claims that sudden death comes three or four days after sniffing the perfume. It includes the same image as shown in the above example. The claims in the Arabic version are also total nonsense.

In fact, these warnings are just revamped versions of a string of earlier – and equally nonsensical – messages that have warned about various “killer” products, including biscuits, juice, and soft drink.  And, there have been a series of even earlier hoaxes that have falsely claimed that criminals lurking in parking lots are using drugs disguised as perfume to debilitate and rob victims. Other versions have claimed – again falsely – that people have died after sniffing perfume samples sent to them in the mail.

If you receive one of these false warnings, do not spread the misinformation further by sharing or forwarding.  And, let the sender know that the claims in the message are untrue. 

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

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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