Saturday, May 10, 2008

Needles in Gas Station Pump Handles

The Standard [St. Catharines, ON]
10 May 2008

Police warn public about e-mail HIV hoax

Standard Staff

A telephone extension at the Niagara Regional Police detachment in Welland won't stop ringing.

Panicked residents and concerned police officers alike dial it after getting an e-mail about a lethal vandal bent on spreading HIV.

The story is alarming and goes like this: Someone is affixing needles laced with HIV to gas station pump handles. Dozens of unsuspecting people get pricked and infected, the e-mail says, and urges people to call Liliane Prevost, an NRP civilian crime analyst. The e-mail even provides Prevost's extension. [...]

Niagara Regional Police Service

Media Release
8 May 2008

Public Service Advisory
Local Computer Hoax Cites the NRPS as Author