Hoax: ‘Free Key Holder with tracking device’

“Free key holders with tracking device” – HOAX.


HOAX WARNING – Claims on the internet with pictures of key-holders warning that these are being distributed at service stations by criminal gangs; not to accept them because they purportedly contain ‘tracking devices’… and that gangs will follow you and kill/rob you. It ‘s definitely a hoax despite its elaborate illustrations and fake signatures of people claiming to be police-officers.


The hoax-busting website Snopes.com says the ‘free keyholders with a tracking-device’ claim is a hoax and its origins can be traced to 2008, when the South African Caltex franchise handed out free ‘solar’ keyrings which most definitely did not contain tracking devices and were just an advertising gimmick.’  Description on http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/keyring.asp


Caltex Hit by Urban Myth

Aug 30 2008  By Fiona Gounden

E-mails flying through the electronic ether in South Africa warning of “tracking devices” fitted into free key rings are false and fuel retailer Caltex is infuriated that its promotion at service stations has become a victim of urban myth. The chain e-mails warn motorists against taking these free key rings from petrol attendants because “electronic gadgetry” was giving off a signal that could “be traceable”. http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/caltex-hit-by-urban-myth-1.414441





About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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