Halloween Mall Warning

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Hi All -
I think you all know that I don't send out hoaxes and don't do the
reactionary thing and send out anything that crosses my path. This one,
however, is a friend of a friend and I've given it enough credibility in
my mind that I'm writing it up and sending it out to all of you.

My friend's friend was dating a guy from Afghanistan up until a month ago.
She had a date with him around 9/6 and was stood up. She was
understandably upset and went to his home to find it completely emptied.

On 9/10, she received a letter from her boyfriend explaining that he
wished he could tell her why he had left and that he was sorry it had to
be like that. The part worth mentioning is that he BEGGED her not to get
on any commercial airlines on 9/11 and to not to go any malls on

As soon as everything happened on the 11th, she called the
FBI and has since turned over the letter. This is not an email that I've
received and decided to pass on. This came from a phone conversation with
a long-time friend of mine last night.

I may be wrong, and I hope I am. However, with one of his warnings being
correct and devastating, I'm not willing to take the chance on the second
and wanted to make sure that people I cared about had the same information
that I did.

Here's another version I received (09/10/01) (uses US date format mm/dd):

Subject: Something to think about

This information may or may not get out from our Govt. but I feel like it's important enough to let everyone know and decide for yourselves. My wife came home from work today and said that a friend of hers at the bank where she works, has a friend who lives in Florida and was dating an Arab man. Three days prior to the attack on 9-11-01 she had a date with this man and he never showed. after several calls she decided to pay him a visit. When she entered his apartment she found everything was gone including him. He did however leave a note that said he regreated having to leave without telling her goodbye and asked her to do two things, 

1. Don't get on an airplane on Sept. 11 and 
2. Stay away from the shopping malls on Holloween. 

This woman HAS reported this to the FBI and they have the note and have been to this mans apartment and turned up some evidence.

So, after watching the network news and seeing that before some of these hijackers carried out their grisley tasks and flew these planes into the WTC and the Pentagon one has to wonder, why did these men go to a Walmart and such places and are there other terrorist placing bombs in other malls through out the country? Who knows, but it would be an ideal time and situation to strike and I think we need to be on the lookout for anything.

As with the original, this story is a typical urban legend type story from a FOAF (Friend Of A Friend) and these tend to turn out to be old stories that are recycled  (and sometimes updated to fit new concerns) and have little or no basis in fact.

Here's yet another version I received (10/10/01):

My friend Colleen arrived for a facial when FBI agents were leaving Murad on Sunday, October 7, 2001. They were there to interrogate a girl who worked there to find out if she knew anything. The reason for their lead was she was best-friends with a girl who was dating an Arab man, who disappeared and was involved in the terrorist attacks on the WTC. He disappeared this summer and left her a note, saying the following in the
effect of:

"I have to go away and will not be able to see you again. Please do me a favor and do not fly in any planes on September 11, 2001 nor shop at any shopping malls on October 31, 2001 ......... "

Don't know about you but I live across the street from a shopping mall, and my in-laws do too. Given my daughter is usually at their house on a Wednesday afternoon, right near the mall, am thinking of where else to go.

Halloween may not be so Happy.

Please send this to anyone that you know. Let's hope this isn't for real, but since it was actually left in a letter to a loved one from one of the people involved in the attacks of September 11, 2001, I am not taking it too lightly.

Here is yet another version (12/10/01)

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2001 8:37 PM
Subject: Better to be safe than sorry

This was forwarded to me:

"I'm not really one for mass emails, but I thought that this was pretty important for you all to know. Bear with me here. It's kind of a long story, but I need to tell it to you all for you to understand it. I just got a telephone call from my mom. One of the teachers that she
works with has a daughter who works for Hallmark in Kansas City. Her name is Beth. Beth's boss at Hallmark used to date a guy of Afgan decent. I'm not sure if they are still considered to be together or not, but that's not really the issue here. Anyway, her boyfriend fled the country 2 or 3 days before September 11th, telling her that whatever she did, she was not take any flights on the day of 9/11. She didn't really understand why or anything, but she agreed not to. Well, we all know what happened after that.

So, Beth's boss (are ya all still with me?) received an email from her boyfriend (or this Afgan guy) yesterday (Oct. 8th). The message said that whatever she did, she was supposed to stay out of ALL malls on Halloween. There was no explanation, he just stated that. The FBI is now involved and have confiscated Beth's boss' computer and are trying to find this guy.

So, I guess the reason that I am writing you all is to pass this message. It is your decision as to whether or not you believe it, but from what I know of my mom's friend and her family, they are a pretty reliable source....................so be careful. I just wanted you all to know this information. Pass it on to as many people as you know. We need to spread the word about this.

Thanks for listening guys. I'll talk to you all soon."

Here is yet another version (14/10/01) (uses US date format mm/dd):

A friend of mine, who works in legislative affairs at the Capitol, has emailed me that an intelligence source, which accurately warned about the 9/11 attacks also warned, before 9/11, to expect attacks on Halloween at shopping malls.

The source is quite reliable, according to my friend, and I am passing this on, in hopes that it may of some service.

I expect to see a number of other versions during the run up to Halloween. 

Finally, yes there is a very slim chance something will happen on the 31st, but it is just as likely to be Aliens visiting the Mall to change earlier purchases for a larger size, as anything that has been suggested in the 'Warnings' above and elsewhere. 

Even if something does happen, then the chances are that it is related to the 'Warnings' are exceptionally small. 

Certainly, Bin Laden and al-Qaeda will try to keep the pressure up on the US, and if they can, raise the stakes, but, just like the events on that dreadful day (11th September, 2001) we are unlikely to be forewarned, so please stop forwarding on these silly hoaxes on to everyone, you are just muddying the waters, and causing more FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) where no extra is required or welcome.