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Ignore phony text warning

For the second time in as many months, Virginia State Police are asking citizens to ignore a phony text message being circulated.
According to police, the message claims to be issued by police as a warning for women. It contends that an upcoming gang initiation at Wal-Mart could possibly involve a shooting or other serious criminal activity.
The Virginia Fusion Center began looking into the claim after receiving numerous calls from citizens concerned about the message.
"At this point, there is nothing verifiable about the text message and it has been determined to be a hoax and the threats not credible," a State Police news release states.
Police ask that citizens delete the message and not forward "such misinformation to others."
Apparently a similar text message was circulated in the Memphis, Tenn. area in 2005 and has now resurfaced in the Southeastern United States, state police said.
In February, State Police issued a warning of a bogus Amber Alert message that was being circulated. That alert gave the appearance of having been issued in the recipient’s local area and claimed that a seven-year-old girl was taken by a man driving a silver truck bearing license plate number "72b381."

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Ignore phony text warning

For the second time in as many months, Virginia State Police are asking citizens to ignore a phony text message being circulated.
According to police, the message claims to be issued by police as a warning for women. It contends that an upcoming gang initiation at Wal-Mart could possibly involve a shooting or other serious criminal activity.
The Virginia Fusion Center began looking into the claim after receiving numerous calls from citizens concerned about the message.
"At this point, there is nothing verifiable about the text message and it has been determined to be a hoax and the threats not credible," a State Police news release states.
Police ask that citizens delete the message and not forward "such misinformation to others."
Apparently a similar text message was circulated in the Memphis, Tenn. area in 2005 and has now resurfaced in the Southeastern United States, state police said.
In February, State Police issued a warning of a bogus Amber Alert message that was being circulated. That alert gave the appearance of having been issued in the recipient’s local area and claimed that a seven-year-old girl was taken by a man driving a silver truck bearing license plate number "72b381."

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