Hoax text claims to have started with sheriffs

Says that if the driver doesn't follow instructions, he/she will be raped by members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang

By Adriana M. Chávez
El Paso Times

EL PASO, Texas — El Paso County sheriff's deputies are warning residents about a hoax text circulating locally that claims to have originated from the Sheriff's Office.

The text warns recipients that if they come across a lost child asking for a ride home, to take that child to the nearest police station, and that if the driver takes the child to the address he or she asks to be taken to, the driver will be raped by members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang.

Deputy Jesse Tovar said sheriff's officials don't send text warnings to cell-phone users. Tovar also said motorists are strongly advised not to give rides to strangers.

Copyright 2011 El Paso Times, a MediaNews Group Newspaper

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