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Beware of a Car That Bumps You-It May be a Gang Members Who Wants to Shoot
Summary of the eRumor: The email says that the notorious M-13 gang is
conducting initiations. A gang member driving a car "bumps" your car
and when you pull over you get shot.
This eRumor started appearing in March, 2008.
It spread both by email and text messaging and in various parts of the
There is no
evidence as yet from law enforcement that this threat actually exists
although one police department has issued a warning about it.
Police departments and newsrooms at radio and television stations were
flooded with calls about the threat.
Most messages said that the violence was being instigated by the Mara
Salvatrucha or MS-13 (or MS13), a violent Central American gang.
The story sounds like a variation on a widely circulated eRumor that
claims that gang members, as part of an initiation, will drive at night
with the lights of their cars off---daring anybody to flash headlights at
them and then following and attacking any car that does.
Some of the areas where the reports have circulated:
Buffalo, New York-The Buffalo Police department actually issued a
warning to the public, telling them not to pull over if bumped by another
car and to call 911. The Buffalo office of the FBI, however, said
there was no evidence to support the threat and the next day Buffalo news
media were asking whether the police had been buffaloed themselves by a
New York City-One of the versions of the eRumor is said to have come
from an employee of the Riverhead Jail in Riverhead, New York.
North Carolina-Test messages flooded
the state and prompted calls to law enforcement and media about an M-13
gang initiation ritual. No actual incidents reported.
Florida-Text messages circulated warning of the threat.
Georgia-In April, 2008, warnings for
Clayton and DeKalb County school systems.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
I JUST SPOKE TO A GUY I USED TO WORK WITH. HE WORKS FOR
THE RIVERHEAD JAIL & JUST RECEIVED WORD ABOUT THE MS-13 GANGS TODAY. THEY
ARE STARTING INITIATIONS SO BEWARE. THE DEAL IS THIS:
YOU ARE DRIVING YOUR CAR & SOMEONE BUMPS YOU. YOU PULL OVER & GET OUT OF
THE CAR & THEY SHOOT YOU.
THAT'S THEIR INITIATION TO GET IN THE GANG. SO IF THIS HAPPENS TO YOU, DO
NOT PULL OVER. IF IT IS DARK, GO TO A WELL LIT AREA & CALL POLICE . THEY
MAY TAKE OFF AT THAT POINT. THE ALERT JUST CAME OUT TODAY SO PLEASE BE
CAREFUL. I CARE ABOUT ALL OF YOU !! THIS IS VERY SCARY.
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