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There’s a story going around about placing hypodermic syringes needles infected with HIV on gas pumps, theater seats, and other places. These stories have been going around almost as long as the HIV virus was discovered.

When a supposedly reliable source sent me an Email about this, I forwarded the information to friends and family. I was really sucked into believing the story was true and was about to write a blog about it. My wife asked me if I had checked out this story to see if it was true or not. She pulled up on her computer several sites including the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department refuting the story.

The story I was sent was about a warning of hidden syringes on gas pump handles. The story was first circulated in 2000 supposedly by a Captain Abraham Sands of the Jacksonville, Florida Police Department and it is making the rounds again. There’s no such Police Officer or a Jacksonville Police Department. Jacksonville, Florida Area is served by the Sheriff’s Department. So you can see how easy it is to be mislead by an email you receive even from someone you trust.

Before passing on information you receive by email, check out the original source. There are many hoax’s being spread through emails by well-intentioned people.


Posted on January 30th, 2008 at 05:37 by Alex Smith in Email Security - Comment (1)

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  1. I always thought that email was real..all this time, and I have been cautious about picking up the gas pump handle ever since…I bet someone is laughing their socks off right now, very sinister…

    Comment by Secure24Seven � October 9, 2008 @ 1:46 pm


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