About the “New Rape Scam! Please Read!” Scam (Also with the Title “New Way To Abduct Female”)
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A new version of the years-old ‘attempted abduction and rape in Target parking lot’ scam is making the rounds. “NEW  RAPE SCAM!  PLEASE READ!” the headline screams, going on to exhort the readers to “Please  pass on to all your girlfriends, wives, etc. Just  to be on the safe side. Please be aware  and pass  it on to anyone you think this will help.”. This newest version even says that the info checks out on mythbusting website Snopes where, in fact, it absolutely doesn’t check out.

Here, below, are the texts of the new version and the original. The most important things to remember are not to fall for it, and not to pass this scam on.


Current version:

NEW  RAPE SCAM!  PLEASE READ!

 Please  pass on to all your girlfriends, wives, etc. Just  to be on the safe side.
Please be aware  and pass  it on to anyone you think this will help.

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Sunday  afternoon around 5 PM I headed into the Target. It was still light outside  and I parked fairly close to the entrance. As I got out of my car and  began walking towards Target, an older lady shouted to me from the passenger seat of a car about 30 feet away from  me.

“Ma’am  you must help me, help me please, help me Ma’am!”  I looked at her in the eyes and started to walk towards her when I  remembered an email my Mom had sent me a week or two ago about rapists and  abductions using elderly people to lure women  in.

I paused, memorized the license plate and immediately headed into Target to  get a manager to come help this lady, just in case something was  up.

 

While  the woman manager headed out there, I kept a close watch just because I  was curious what was wrong with the lady and wanted to be sure nothing  happened.

As  the Target lady walked up towards the car and got very close to the old woman in order to help her, the back door of the car flies open and a large man with a stocking cap on, jumps out and sticks a gun to  the lady’s stomach as he shoves her into the back of the  car.

I yelled out “call 911” several times and just as I was saying that, a policeman who happened to be on the other side of the parking lot and who, luckily, had seen the entire thing happen, raced over to the  car.

He  was able to stop the car and arrest the male as well  as the old lady, who was involved in the  scheme.

By  God’s grace everyone was all right, including myself, although I think we  were both shaken up.

Like  many of you, I would not in a million years have left an elderly person who was yelling for help if it weren’t for the e-mail I had read last week. So, I wanted to pass this along so you all can be aware and  remember that you really can’t trust anyone these  days.

You  just never know when something like this could happen. I would have never  dreamed it to happen to me especially on a Sunday afternoon at a Target in  a safe area!

It  definitely was not a coincidence that my Mom  sent that  email just a few days before this all happened. Please, be careful and always be aware of your surroundings..

Just  because you individually don’t go over to help someone doesn’t mean you  have to leave them in trouble, but don’t go ALONE, you really don’t know  what might be going on.

This  was checked with Snopes – this is true and they also use children to lure the victim!

Note how it invokes Snopes. However, says Snopes, “Er, no — we don’t say that. In fact, we say the exact opposite. The story is false. ”

Here is the original version:

NEW RAPE SCAM!!!!PLEASE READ!!!!!

Sunday afternoon around 5 pm I headed into Target in Wheaton, IL (where crime is VERY RARE and mostly it is with bike’s being stolen!!). It was still light outside and I parked fairly close to the entrance. As I got out of my car and began walking towards Target, an older lady shouted to me from the passenger seat of a car about 30 feet away from me… “ma’am you must help me, help me please, help me ma’am!” I looked at her in the eyes and started to walk towards her when all of a sudden I remembered an email my mom sent me a week or two ago (one of those forwards about safety that you generally delete, or at least I do) about rapists and abductions using elderly people to lure women in.

I paused, memorized the license plate and immediately headed into Target to get a manager to come help this lady, just in case something was up. While the woman manager headed out there I kept a close watch just because I was curious what was wrong with the lady and wanted to be sure nothing happened. The target lady got very close to the old woman in order to help her do something.

Just then the back door flies open and a large man with a stocking cap on jumps out and sticks a gun to the lady’s stomach as he shoves her into the back of the car. I yelled call 911 several times and just as I was saying that a policeman who happened to be on the other side of the parking lot and saw the entire thing happen, raced over to the car. He was able to stop the car and arrest the male AS WELL AS THE old lady, who was involved in the scheme.

By God’s grace everyone was alright, including myself, although I think we were both very shaken up. Like many of you, I would not in a million years have left an elderly person who was yelling for help if it weren’t for the email I had read last week. SO, I wanted to pass this along so you all can be aware and remember that you really can’t trust anyone these days. You just never know when something like this could happen. I would have never dreamed it to happen to me especially on a Sunday afternoon at a Target in a safe area!

It definitely was not coincidence that my mom sent me that email just a few days before this all happened. Please, PLEASE be careful and always be aware of your surroundings. Just because you individually don’t go over to help someone doesn’t mean you have to leave them in trouble, but please don’t go alone, you really don’t know what might be going on.

You can check this out for yourself here on Snopes:

http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/wheaton.asp

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