The Burundanga Business Card Drug Hoax

If you were to receive the following email about a business card laced with a drug called ‘Burundanga’ then you may find it believable but you shouldn’t!

The Burundanga email started circulating in the US almost a year ago but, like most ‘popular’ emails of this type, it has been recently resurrected to try and fool more people.

The Burundanga Business Card Drug Hoax

Here’s the hoax email in question -

In Katy, Tx a man came over and offered his services as a painter to a female 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 and 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 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 and could have seriously injured her. The drug is called ‘BURUNDANGA’ and it is used by people who wish to incapacitate a victim in order to steal or take advantage of them.

Four times greater than date rape drug and is transferable on simple cards. So take heed and make sure you don’t 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.

Elements of the above email do have some basis in reality which is why an unsuspecting but educated person might believe it.

Burundanga actually is a real drug that is sourced from Colombia and it really is quite nasty.

Also known as Scopolamine, it can lead to hallucinations and there have been cases of people being drugged with Burundanga who are then easily coerced into activities such as making large bank withdrawals before casually handing their money over to their robbers.

(Scopolamine was also used as a truth drug, possibly being utilised in the MK-ULTRA project)

However, the contents of the above email are definitely dubious, and almost certainly false, because no such case has ever been officially recorded.

It is also universally accepted that Burundanga must be taken in quantity, most likely ingested or inhaled, in order to have any meaningful effect.

The chances of a sufficiently powerful dose being administered through the skin after touching a business card are virtually zero.

Lastly, the victim of this hoax email mentioned a strong odor coming from the card but Burundanga is in fact odorless.

Have you received the Burundanga hoax email?

Did you believe it?

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. I believe this email to be a hoax, too. Because you would not get enough drug into your system via a card with the drug on it. But there are ways for the person to get around not wearing a glove when handing out the cards. Like a thin coat of glue on his hand that you would not notice.

  2. I don’t know if this is true or not. I live in Lansing, MI. Last week a man offered to pump my daughters gas, gave her a business card and then asked her to give him a ride. This is not a hoax. It happened at a Speedway just blocks from were she lived. Is it possible that this can happen, yes. I still have the card, He said he was a personal trainer. Either way, watch your back!

  3. Hi – I thought you may be interested in this site which I found just recently, regarding
    my query earlier on today. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/3530921/Detective-sent-hoax-date-rape-email-around-the-world.html

    • Yes that is interesting – it seems to suggest that part you mentioned was added, then removed and now is added again – I’ll have to check my spam folder for new examples!

  4. I’ve just had this sent to me but what puzzles me is the part at the end which shows;
    Dc1597 Simon Lofting-CMI
    Marine investigator/intelligence officer
    Essex Police Marine Unit 49-51 Station Road ,
    Burnham on Crouch
    Essex CM0 8HF

    Tel: ***** ******
    Fax: ***** ******
    Mob: ***********
    Page: ***** ******

    Is this on all these emails?

    • Hi Suzy,

      I’ve certainly not seen that on the end of these emails before (I removed the phone numbers as I have no idea whether they are legit or not).

  5. this e-mail is going round all NHS staff ???

  6. Still going around. My friend sent it to me this morning.
    QUESTION! If this impregnated card is as effective in disabling the receiver, how come the man who gave it to her is mysteriously immune to it? There is no mention of him wearing gloves, so how come he didn’t get sick?

  7. Laura Northern Ireland says:

    Just got this forward onto me. The email is still going around

    LADIES THIS IS NOT SCAM, JOKE OR ANYTHING REMOTELY FUNNY!
    > > It is for your own safety!!
    > >
    > > This has been sent by a member of the police force.
    > > Please pass it on to all your girlfriends and family members.
    > >
    > > Warning
    > > Share with your sisters, daughters, nieces, mothers, and female friends. This Incident has been confirmed.
    > >
    > > A man came over and offered his services as a painter to a female putting petrol 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 odour was on her hand; the same hand which accepted the card from the gentleman at the service 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.
    > > 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 don’t 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

  8. It is hard to say weather it is true or not. It would seem that an incident like this taking place would have been on the news and the word would have been out pretty quickly. I think that in the world we live in today unfortunately we have to use caution and common sense no matter what. On the chance that this is true protect yourself and if somone approches you just decline or offer to put the number in your phone with out having contact with them. If it is not true and this is a dumb hoax started by somebody with nothing better to do then find yet another way to instill fear in people, then they are pretty stupid for even putting the idea out there. You can bet that there is some twisted human being out there reading about this thinking “Wow! What a great idea!”

  9. T Srinivasachari says:

    May not be Hoax
    May be This is for Real
    Chari
    Chennai

  10. I Received this email from TRACKER & SAP on a letterhead

  11. i received the email this morning and other times before, i believed it but didn’t care anything to actually put thought into it today. i did some researched and forward it back to all the people that sent to me and told them to stop passing it along lol idk but im really incredulous lol

  12. Abhishek says:

    I had similar doubt like Harish mentioned above…

  13. received almost same email this morning.i always check and make sure.i dont believe anything on internet, but this one almost.but still…..

  14. Scottyboy says:

    LOL, I just received one of these emails morning

  15. I just received the email and at first I believed it, but of course after doing my research, I no longer comply with it…I can’t believe it’s still circulating since 2008!

  16. I really dont trust anyone or anything any more, to many really crazy people around. I understand this one isnt true, but who knows!!!!!!!!

  17. such mails shuld be stopped from circulation

  18. I have also been on snopes – most definitely “False”

  19. Katherine says:

    So is it a hoax or not? Is this the same drug that is said to be odorless?

    • The email that is doing the rounds is almost certainly a hoax in my opinion Katherine, though the effects of the drug are well documented and the above scenario ‘could’ happen to some degree.

      Yes, burundanga is odourless.

  20. Alexandria Nicole Hooks says:

    Ok, question! If this is a hoax e-mail then where have the incidents of this scenario been proven? Where did this hoax e-mail come from? also, If Burgunda, the drug is in the U.S. then it is possible for this to occur. My main question is if this drug is odorless but deadly then how come the person handing out the card does not get paralysed or get dizzy??? Please respond.
    Thanks.

  21. l varriale says:

    I am of Venezuelan descent and never heard of this drug being used outside of South America. It is commonly used in sequestras (kidnapping). just as Stated the victim just goes along without hesitation. The drug is almost always introduced through diffusion with paper. When my partner of 10 yrs (he is Colombian)forwarded this to me,it rang a bell. I have found out that people I know, here in Los Angeles have similar stories. The crimes remained mainly within the latino community. Feel free to email me for details. I know that of the drug is introduced via ingestion it can cause permanent paralysis or death. It has a strong odour, that is why it is given to the victim in gas stations or on busy streets. Not a hoax. When the economy gets rough the rough get going. Simple as that. Not a hoax. L.

  22. Carol B says:

    So how come it is listed as true on Snopes.????

  23. vineeth says:

    how abt the reader of email…will he get the hallucinated……
    bhuhahaha :D…

    just kidding ;)

  24. I had another doubt when i received this mail.If the receiver of the card experienced such a strange feel, how would the person have delivered the card first of all? If he had slipped in the card wearing a glove on his hand, the woman should have got atleast the mildest of doubts(if at all she has some common sense).
    So I think its jst a need of a little common sense to look into such issues and find out the truth.

  25. “Burundanga!”

    Sounds like a Bart Simpson phrase :D

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