"It's Not a Joke"
        Dear Friends,
                I wish to warn you about a new crime ring that is targeting business
        travelers. This ring is well organized, well funded,  has very skilled
        personnel, and is currently in most major cities and recently very active
        in New Orleans.
        The crime begins when a business traveler goes to a lounge for a drink
        at the end of the work day.  A person in the bar walks up as they sit
        alone and offers to buy them a drink.   The last thing the traveler        
        remembers until they wake up in a hotel room bath tub, their body        
        submerged to their neck in ice, is sipping that drink.   There is a note        
        taped to the wall instructing them not to move and to call 911. A phone is        
        on a small table next to the bathtub for them to call.  The business        
        traveler calls 911 who have become quite familiar with this crime.  The        
        business traveler is instructed by the 911 operator to very slowly and        
        carefully reach behind them and feel if there is a tube protruding from        
        their lower back. The business traveler finds the tube and answers,        
        "Yes." The 911 operator tells them to remain still, having already sent        
        paramedics to help.  The operator knows that both of the business        
        traveler's kidneys have been harvested.        
        This is not a scam or out of a science fiction novel, it is real. It is        
        documented and confirmable.  If you travel or someone close to you        
        travels, please be careful.        
        Another email report:        
        Yes, this does happen.  My sister-in-law works with a lady that this        
        happened to her son's neighbor who lives in Houston.  The only "good"        
        thing to this whole story is the fact that the people doing this horrible        
        crime are very in tune to what complications can happen afterwards        
        because of the details precautions they take the time to set up before        
        leaving the room.The word from my sister-in-law is that the hospital in        
        Las Vegas (yes, Vegas) prior to transferring him back to Houston stated        
        that these people know exactly what they are doing.  The incision, etc.        
        was exact and clean. They use sterile equipment etc. and the hospital stated        
        that other than the fact that the victim looses a kidney there has not been any        
        reports of other complications due to non-sterile, etc. tactics that were        
        used. Please be careful.        
        Another email report:         
        Sadly, this is very true.  My husband is a Houston Firefighter/EMT and        
        they have received alerts regarding this crime ring.  It is to be taken very        
        seriously.  The daughter of a friend of a fellow firefighter had this        
        happen to her.  Skilled doctor's are performing these crimes (which, by        
        the way have been highly noted in the Las Vegas area)! Additionally, the        
        military has received alerts regarding this.        
        If more information on the above subject is received it will be        
        verified and passed on to keep you updated on this material.