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Email Message About Gang Initiations Is a Hoax, Police Say

Post Date:03/28/2008

Contact: Elaine Tricoli
Phone: 336-373-2421

GREENSBORO – (March 28, 2008) – An email message circulating throughout the Triad and the country about gang initiations is a hoax, Greensboro Police say.

The email message states that an FBI agent spoke to members of a local church about gang initiations that tend to occur during the month of April. The message then details specific situations that are allegedly used by gang members during initiations.

Capt. John Wolfe of the Greensboro Police Department’s Gang Unit said there is no “season” for gang initiations.

“The reason and time for initiations is as random and varied as there are gangs and gang members,” Wolfe said. “I have received inquiries from as far away as New York state, where they are seeing the same types of emails. Our Federal partners are seeing it on a much larger scale and have absolutely no credible information to suggest that any of this is true.”

Wolfe said the Police Department has confirmed that the message has no validity.

“If we should receive any credible information regarding gang initiations, we will share it with the public immediately,” he said.

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