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Elderly Woman Used
as Bait by a Rapist-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor: The writer of the email claims
to have been warned that rapists were using elderly women to lure
unsuspecting victims and abducting the victims at gunpoint. She
says that she was in a parking lot at Target in Wheaton Illinois when
an older woman in a car appealed to her for help. The writer of
the email went inside of the store to seek assistance. The female
manager came out to the elderly woman's car and a masked man jumped out
with a gun. The writer says she remembered receiving an email
warning her about this scheme and that the man with the gun was a
rapist. Fortunately, a police officer was nearby and saw the
attempted abduction, rescued the manager, and arrested the older woman
and the masked man. The writer warns all other women to be aware
of the scam.
The Truth: This eRumor has circulated
since 2005 and is not true. The Wheaton police say they have never
heard of it happening in their city and TruthOrFiction.com has not found
any documented evidence that it's happened anywhere.
To emphasize his or her point, the writer of the email chose Wheaton,
Illinois as the location where this potentially violent crime was
foiled. Wheaton is a safe community not from from Chicago that has
one of the best crime rates in the nation.
It always pays to be cautious, but this eRumor is either from someone
who intentionally created a hoax or from a person who lives in
unnecessary fear and wants others to live in fear too.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Take care all.
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 was passed on to me by a friend:
Sunday afternoon around 5 PM I headed into the Target in Wheaton, IL
where crime is VERY RARE and mostly it is with bikes 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 had sent me a week or two ago about rapists
and abductions using elder 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
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.
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