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Sheriff's Department: Gang e-mail a hoax

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office is warning the public that an e-mail being circulated about a purported new trend in gang activity is not actually its doing.

The e-mail contains strong warnings about two new "trends" that could victimize residents, fraudulently claiming to be the forwarding of a communication between the Sheriff's Department and the Board of Education.

"There is an e-mail being distributed from several different sources that claims to be a warning from the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office regarding gang activity," a warning on the home page of the sheriff's website reads.

"This is false. We have issued no warnings of that nature."

According to the e-mail, victims have reported falling victim to gangs placing empty car seats by the side of the road, waiting for someone to stop. The message claims gang members have then dragged victims into the woods, leaving them "beaten and raped, usually left for dead."

Another warning claims thieves have been throwing eggs at windshields, creating a milky texture when sprayed and forcing drivers to pull over, leaving them susceptible to robberies.

None of that is true, officials said.

"This e-mail has been circulating through the local area for the past few weeks. Every indication is that it is an urban legend," a police spokesman said. "The Gwinnett County Police Department has not investigated any incident that would lend credibility to these allegations or scenarios."