Strawberry Quick Meth scare spreads widely via Facebook

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

For the last few days Naked Security has received enquiries from readers asking about a message that has been widely shared across Facebook.

Although the message isn’t related to computer security issues, it seems to have raised enough concern that it feels appropriate to discuss it here.

The message, which is sometimes distributed with an image of what appears to be pink-coloured crystalized methamphetamine, claims that children are being targeted with drugs that taste of strawberries.

…There is a drug going around the schools …It’s known as Strawberry Quick …or strawberry meth …it looks like pop rocks that kids eat, smells like strawberries &… also comes in other flavors like chocolate, etc….. Please tell your children not to take candy from anyone even a classmate because this drug that looks like pop rocks is actually crystal meth rocked up with strawberry flavor & can kill them :'( …PLEASE RE POST!!! So all parents are aware of this…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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