Claim: A woman was robbed at a
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]
BEWARE: THIS IS A TRUE STORY. Thursday morning here in Garland Tx. at a Walmart a woman was walking across the parking lot to go into the store when a man ran up to her and injected her with a needle full of something no one knows exactly what it was. She is not expected to live as of this morning. All of this for her purse. Their was no scuffle, no fight, no one saw exactly what the man looked like. It happened so fast. After the injection the woman collapsed and the man took the purse with no struggle. This was at the Walmart at Beltline and
Ladies and men also, be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. Go places with friends. Stay in a crowd don't wonder off by yourself.
The Holidays are coming up and thugs need money also and will do anything to get it, including taking the life of a total stranger.
Origins: As we reported in an October 2005 article about a hoax advisory regarding a foiled abduction in Saginaw, Texas, in these past few years, we've been noting a growing trend in Internet-spread warnings about women being targeted for violent crime (e.g., kidnapping, rape, murder), with many of the newer alerts specify the violations are either slated to take place at a
places to be avoided by the safety-minded, the recent trend is to name
Once again fitting this trend is the mid-November 2005 e-mail about a woman robbed in the parking lot of a
According to the investigations of NBC 5 in Dallas/Fort Worth, Garland police confirm there has not been such an attack. Yet the advisory, which has been jumping from inbox to inbox, has caused the police in that community some grief in that they've had to field a number of calls from those spooked by it. "This story has been over a week old and we are still getting calls today," officer Joe Harn said.
Although NBC 5 did not supply the name of the
Barbara "unalert" Mikkelson
Last updated: 22 July 2011
NBC 5 [Dallas/Fort Worth]. "Beware! Many Forwarded E-Mails Far From Truth." 29 November 2005.