View Full Version : Scam or genuine?

8th Dec 2006, 19:25
I just received this email... anyone know if its one of those scams, or genuine?

>Today, Bristol-Myers Squibb, the pharmaceutical monolith that
>charges nearly $1,000 for a 30 day supply of one of its HIV/AIDS
>medications, is donating $1 to the National AIDS Fund for each
>person who simply visits their website and "virtually lights a
>candle." The tally is over 870,000 now.
>Please, please take a minute to "light a candle":
>Go to:

8th Dec 2006, 20:02
From a 28 November article on Medical News Today:

"Bristol-Myers Squibb And The National AIDS Fund Announce World AIDS Day Campaign To Shine A Light On The HIV/AIDS Epidemic In The United States"


"On the "Light to Unite" Web site, visitors can light a virtual candle, share stories about how HIV/AIDS has impacted their lives, and help increase awareness of the epidemic by e-mailing a friend. For each virtual candle lit through December 31, 2006, Bristol-Myers Squibb will contribute $1 to the National AIDS Fund, up to a maximum contribution of $100,000, to benefit AIDS service organizations in underserved communities in the U.S. Web site visitors will also have the opportunity to increase the impact of the Bristol-Myers Squibb contribution to the National AIDS Fund by making an additional donation on the National AIDS Fund Web site at http://www.aidsfund.org."

Link to article:


Press release from BMS itself, dated 27 November:


8th Dec 2006, 20:05
Thank you for that, Acrochik. Lets hope they do what they are promising :ok:

Guess I could have done the searching meself, but am fully distracted mulling lots of wine :\ No flying for me this aftrernoennenen

Lon More
8th Dec 2006, 22:17
Bottom right of the web page "Maximum donation $100000" Nr. of hits <140000

Loose rivets
9th Dec 2006, 05:15
They had a ‘scam-busters' type of program on here tonight. It's funny to see hefty Nigerians sobbing into their hankies...when they get caught. When the T/V guy said ‘please leave now' he quickly stopped crying and beat it to the door.

The team followed a package all the way to Lagos, and watched as the local police busted an Internet café.

The strangest of all was the bit about an American heart surgeon who lost his life savings to a Lagos scam. He wound up paying for the paint remover that would get the covering paint off millions of US dollars that had been disguised as....erm, black pieces of paper. WTF was he thinking? He conceded that it was pure...or not so pure, greed that led to his loss.

Another American started being involved in fraud after being hit with SEVERAL scams. He was educated and living in an upmarket area, but was trying to keep up with the hi-society that surrounded him. He's cooling his heels at this time.