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05/08/10 - Article No: 844

Burundanga Drug Used on Business Cards? - Facebook Rumour

Other Keywords: Romanians


Warning...Be Careful!!

This incident has been confirmed. Ladies please be careful and share w/everyone you know!

This can happen anywhere!

And Another Warning . . . Last Wednesday, Jaime Rodriguezs neighbor was at a gas station in Katy. A man came and offered his neighbor his services as a painter and gave her a card. She took the card and got in her car.

The man got into a car driven by another person. She left the station and noticed that the men were leaving the gas station at the same time. Almost immediately, she started to feel dizzy and could not catch her breath.

She tried to open the windows and in that moment she realized that there was a strong odor from the card. She also realized that the men were following her. The neighbor went to another neighbors house and honked on her horn to ask for help. The men left, but the victim felt bad for several minutes.

Apparently there was a substance on the card, the substance was very strong and may have seriously injured her.

Jaime checked the Internet and there is a drug called Burundanga that is used by some people to incapacitate a victim in order to steal or take advantage of them. Please be careful and do not accept anything from unknown people on the street.
collected May 2010



Subject: Be Alert & Cautious / Must read!!
A man came over and offered his services as a painter to a female who was putting gas in her car and left his card. She said no, but accepted his card out of kindness and got in the car. The man then got into a car driven by another gentleman. As the lady left the service station, she saw the men following her out of the station at the same time. Almost immediately, she started to feel dizzy and could not catch her breath. She tried to open the window and realized that the odor was on her hand; the same hand which accepted the card from the gentleman at the gas station.
She then noticed the men were immediately behind her and she felt she needed to do something at that moment. She drove into the first driveway and began to honk her horn repeatedly to ask for help. The men drove away but the lady still felt pretty bad for several minutes after she could finally catch her breath.
Apparently, there was a substance on the card that could have seriously injured her.
This drug is called "BURUNDANGA" and it is used by people who wish to incapacitate a victim in order to steal from or take advantage of them like REPEATED GANG RAPE. This drug is four times more dangerous than the date rape drug and is transferable on simple cards.
So take heed and make sure you dont accept cards at any given time alone or from someone on the streets. This applies to those making house calls and slipping you a card when they offer their services . PLEASE SEND THIS E-MAIL ALERT TO EVERY FEMALE YOU KNOW
collected April 2013


"Pls, if anyone stops U and ask if ure interested in some perfume & gives u a paper to smell, Pls DONT! Its a new scam, the paper is laced with drugs, Ull 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 !!!!!!"
collected November 2013



Collected December 2013

Messages are circulating the Internet that claim attackers are soaking business cards/pieces of paper (most claim laced in the drug Burundanga) and passing them to potential victims in order to intoxicate, confuse and/or subdue them.

However these warnings are nothing more than scare-mongering legends that have been circulating the Internet since at least 2008, and over the years have been attributed to multiple locations using different stories with different characters.

Whilst the drug Burundanga (or Scopolamine) is a genuine drug and it can be used to intoxicate victims rendering them confused or unconscious, it is virtually impossible that the tales told by the above messages are true.

Firstly, the drug Burundanga is rarely - if at all - used in the United States or other countries where these tales have circulated (such as the UK) - most reports pertaining to Burundanga assert that criminals who employ such a drug use it in Colombia. There are no legitimate reports that we could find that suggest criminals are using the drug in the US or UK.

Secondly, even if Burundanga did find its way across US/UK borders, it is simply not strong enough to intoxicate victims purely by coming into contact with a business card soaked in the chemical. Whilst Colombian criminals do use Burundanga to subdue victims (often the drug us associated with the removal of free will, making victims extremely compliant), it has to be ingested, either through drinking, eating or possibly smoking the chemical. Smelling it would not have any noticeable effects. In fact the chemical does not have any particular smell at all.

Thirdly, variants of this alarmist myth have - as is typical with urban legends - placed the tale in many locations, such as Katy, Missouri, Essex (UK), the West Midlands (UK), Canada and South Africa. In fact in 2008 an officer working for the Essex Police Department in the UK unwittingly caused a re-surge of the hoax after he sent a query to other officers regarding the legend which was accidentally leaked to the public. The mistake led to the Essex Police refuting the tale as a hoax.

A April 2013 version of the hoax, that does not provide a location, circulated social networking site Facebook with an image of a women on the floor with people standing over her. Whilst of course the story is still false, the image appears to have come from a news site called Gulf News which asserts to show an over-exciting fan of Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan who fainted during a press conference he was giving.

A December 2013 version of the hoax warns UK users about an expected rise in Burundanga related robberies because of the expected rise in the Romanian population living in the UK after visa restrictions are removed. This message claims the modus operandi is carried out by Romanians in Spain. Again the message is unfounded - there is no evidence to suggest this type of crime is popular with Romanians, or that it is prevalent in Spain, and again the effects of merely smelling the drug are exaggerated. With that said, it is probably wise to avoid smelling bottles of unknown substances when presented to you by strangers on your doorstep.

Of course date rape drugs exist, and Burundanga can be used as such a drug. Females should be particularly careful when offered anything by strangers as well follow sensible advice to ensure that they do not put themselves at risk (such as ensuring they do not leave drinks unattended or accepting drinks/food from strangers) - however it is counterproductive to circulate alarmist and false information such as this which will not help anybody.



Social media and the Internet is rife with rumour, misinformation, propaganda and untruth. It is like this because people can be irresponsible with what information they choose to share.

Our community works hard to try and debunk and assist in as many cases as possible, as well as teach people how to share responsibly. We believe it is important that anyone who uses the Internet be able to identify false rumours and fully understands the possible consequences of spreading false information.

If you interested in this, feel free to read our two-part blog. Part 1 deals with how to spot and debunk Internet rumours and Part 2 deals with the reasons why you should never circulate false information.

Additionally if you have fallen for this rumour or have Facebook friends that have, you can join our growing Facebook page here or sign up to our mailing list here.


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