Sheriff's Office warns of hoax e-mail on gang threat

An e-mail warning women of being assaulted is not legitimate, the department says.


WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office reports a recently
circulated e-mail warning motorists of a roadside gang initiation
threat has no connection with the Sheriff's Office and is most likely a hoax.

The e-mail states "gangs are placing a car seat by the road...with
a fake baby in it...waiting for a woman, of course, to stop and check
on the baby."

The e-mail goes on to warn that when the woman leaves her car she is
assaulted by gang members.

Sheriff's Capt. Bill White said the department has received numerous calls
regarding the e-mail, and added that detectives researched the e-mail
and determined it was a hoax.

The e-mail also contains an official heading that reads, "Subject:
Walla Walla County Sheriff's Department Alert."

"They are making it look like it is an official document and warning,
but of course we don't do it that way," White said.

The Sheriff's Department is asking anyone who received the e-mail from
an unknown address - not forwarded from a legitimate contact - to call
the department at 524-5400 during normal weekday hours with the
sender's e-mail address.

Alfred Diaz can be reached at or 526-8325.


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