Boycott Watch
May 2, 2005
False Report: Poisonous Perfume Samples in the Mail
   Summary: Boycott Watch Helps Break Another False Email Report
   Some State Health Departments have recently received inquiries concerning e-mail messages that allege that women have died after inhaling a free perfume sample that was mailed to them. According to these e-mails, the perfume sample was poisonous. The e-mails also state that free samples received in the mail, e.g., lotions, perfumes, diapers, etc., should be thrown away.

   These e-mails are a hoax. They are a variation of another hoax often referred to as the Klingerman virus. The information in the e-mail notice is untrue. If you receive an e-mail message about poisonous perfume samples received in the mail please do not forward it to others.

   Although these e-mail messages are a hoax, if you are concerned about the contents of a package you receive in the mail, contact your local post office. It is a criminal offense to send potentially hazardous agents through the mail for the purpose of deliberately causing harm to human health. When such an incident occurs, the local emergency response system should be activated by dialing 911 in most communities; in communities without 911 systems, local law enforcement authorities should be notified. The local FBI field office and local and state public health authorities also should be notified.
Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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