Gangs Using Baby Car Seats to Stop Motorists-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

This is a warning from the Tennessee Department of Corrections that says it is National Gang Week and gangs are attempting to stop motorists using an abandoned baby in a car seat along the road.

The Truth:

This is a hoax according to the Department of Corrections in Tennessee who issued an official statement on their website.   The statement said that no such warning was issued from anyone in the agency and it “cannot be supported by current Department of Correction intelligence.”  Click for statement.

updated 12/14/09

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

National Gang Week is starting: This is their New target Method
 While driving on any roads, If you see a baby car seat sitting on the  side of the road DO NOT STOP!!!! These are gangs targeting people,  especially women, to stop their vehicle to help a baby. They make this baby look as if it has blood on itself or on its clothes, when you get out of your vehicle in attempt to help, the gangs jump out from cornfields or tall bushes. They have beaten women to near death, and then continue to rape them with baseball bats and other torture methods.
 This is not just a forward of information, it is within our area. If you  do happen to see a car seat DO NOT STOP CALL THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY!!
 Please send this onto everyone you know.
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 TN.Dept.Of Correction Central Dispatch
 615-253-……  (phone number removed by 
 615-401-….  (fax number removed by