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CIB denies rumors of woman poisoned by business card

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Criminal Investigation Bureau (刑事局) has recently denied an Internet rumor that said a woman was poisoned with the use of a drugged business card.

In a released statement, the CIB said a recent Internet rumor that has been spreading through social media networks and Line groups says a Taiwanese woman was allegedly approached at a gas station by a man.

According to a widely disseminated email, a woman was handed a business card by a man at a gas station. Shortly after she became dizzy and developed breathing difficulty.

She realized there was a strong odor coming from the card and also that his car was following her.

The woman eventually recovered but decided that there had been some kind of substance on the card that affected her.

The writer of the email then speculates that the substance may have been a drug known as Burundanga.

The writer asked those who received the information to pass it on to others, the CIB said.

According to the CIB, the email is merely a translation of a similar rumor that has been spreading in the U.S. since 2008 as found on the web (http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/burundanga.asp).

The CIB stressed that police authorities in Taiwan have yet to receive reports of such cases as stated in the email. Also, it is highly unlikely for a person to be poisoned by a drug applied to a small business card, it added.

The CIB urged citizens not to trust such unsubstantiated electronic messages and to regularly check the special Internet crime section on the CIB website (http://www.165.gov.tw/list_announcement.aspx).

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