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Seen a Facebook post about a kidnapping at a Fort Worth mall? It's fake

A story about a woman who was nearly abducted at Hulen Mall recently has been circulating on Facebook and via email, but it's false, police and Hulen Mall officials say.
A story about a woman who was nearly abducted at Hulen Mall recently has been circulating on Facebook and via email, but it's false, police and Hulen Mall officials say. Via Facebook

A story circulating on Facebook and via email of an attempted "grab and go" kidnapping of a woman at Hulen Mall isn't true, say Fort Worth police and a Hulen Mall spokeswoman.

The account, which is claimed to have been emailed as a warning to all Fort Worth-area Lockheed Martin employees on Thursday night or Friday morning, says that a Lockheed Martin employee was at the mall Thursday night when "a guy tried to force me" outside. "The FW Police Dept. & Mall Security got a good description and they did a search for the individual but he got away."

Fort Worth police spokesman Tracy Carter said, "This is false."

Lindsay Kahn, a spokeswoman for GGP, Hulen Mall's parent company, elaborated: "These are things we take very seriously and we investigate them thoroughly, but I can assure you that this is false."

The posts and emails claim police are saying "a gang is working malls."

They claim that a man with a tablet takes photos of a targeted woman and sends them to a gang, instructing them to perform a "grab and go," in which "they force the victim to leave with them, once outside you are forced into a waiting van. The victim could be assaulted, robbed or sometimes worse."

In a warning about IRS scam call season, the Midland Police Department in Texas shared a video on Facebook of Officer Stief's 30 minute-phone call with "six different 'IRS' representatives."

Nellie and Charles Khanamoko talk about a fake call they received claiming to be from the IRS demanding immediate payment or arrest. Both the IRS and police say it is a common scam and the IRS never calls first. They mail letters. (Star-Telegram/R

Stephen English: 817-390-7330, @sbenglish74
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