Suspicious text message circulates New Hanover County

Posted by Debra Worley - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A suspicious text message circulating cell phones is just a hoax, according to the New Hanover County 911 Center.

The message warns women about a gang initiation and says they could be shot at an undisclosed WalMart.

The Sheriff's Office could not confirm the sender's intent, and encourages everyone to use caution as normal, but say they have no reason to believe the public is in danger.

About a year ago a similar message was sent warning people to be aware of the gang MS-13.

MS-13 is a well known Latino gang who was supposedly having initiation.  The text messages sent in 2008 said the gang members will hit your car, and then shoot you when you stop.

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