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Does anyone else see some possible dangers lurking here:Kristin
Jan 15, 2003 7:57 AM
This showed up in my Hotmail this morning, offering me a "free asprin sample." Does it alarm anyone else that someone could use such a scheme to dole out poisonous substances? (Yes, yes, lets not forget about the Darwin awards.) Even so, this disturbed me for some reason. Okay, my wild imagination only here. But what if someone developed a biological weapon in the form of an agressive virus. Could it be spread through a pill. If that were possible, it would not take many suckers to create a big problem. But then again, it's probably not possible. I know nothing about medicine or illness.

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probably just a customer list creation schemeDougSloan
Jan 15, 2003 8:05 AM
Who the heck needs free aspirin? What are they, about a buck for a thousand generic?

I'd bet they are using this just to create a customer list of some type.

If you are truly worried about it, forward the e-mail to the FCC: and express your concern.

Jan 15, 2003 8:11 AM
I definitely see the danger that you are talking about, but realistically, what kind of response do these kinds of things get? The real danger in responding to this message is the spam you will receive if you sign up, and the mess of popups you get when you try to leave the site.

If you want to spread poison, it's much more effective to put tainted drugs directly in stores, like someone did with Tylenol 15-20 years ago. It's also much scarier, because if you mess with a major brand obtained through normal channels (i.e., from the drugstore or supermarket), it will really freak people out. Trust me, I worked at a drug store during the Tylenol thing. They never found who did it, by the way.

This is weird, though. I didn't know you could give drugs away for free through the mail.
Jan 15, 2003 8:57 AM
I agree. The beter way for terrorists to create terror is to put it in stores like the Tylenol Scare in the 80s. I thought they convicted the people who did that though. Maybe it was someone who just tried to extort the company but did not do it.

They can send samples of over the counter medicines through the mail. I have even got them in Sunday Newspapers. I have also gotten free samples from company websites. It is a nice way to build up a few things for a travel kit.

My guess is these are just spammers who get a fraction of a penny for everyone who links to the Bayer website from their site. It seems when you try to block spammers, you just get more spam. I doubt anyone could use this as a form of terrorism, unless they were working on the inside.

Mike Y.
Jan 15, 2003 9:36 AM
The person or persons who did the original Tylenol scare in 1982 were never caught. There have been several copycat incidents since, and all of those people were caught.