Walmart text message is hoax

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE)- If you've received a text message warning women to stay away from Walmart tonight because three will be shot in a gang initiation, you can treat it as a hoax.

Wednesday night Lufkin Police dispatchers say they have received nearly 300 calls about the hoax.

A Walmart spokesperson from the company's Arizona headquarters released a statement,

"The safety and security of our customers and associates is our top priority. We are aware of the message being circulated and are working with local authorities to enhance our security efforts at our stores in the area. While we take these types of situations seriously, we regard this as being only a rumor, much like similar rumors that have circulated via e-mail in previous years."