WATCH: Social Media Leads Latinos to Fear Urban Legend

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A new wave of messages spreading through text messaging, Facebook and other social networking sites has sparked fear in the Latino community.

The messages refer to a classic urban legend about oncoming cars driving past without their headlights on. The myth states that you should not don't that driver with a courtesy flash, because it could be gang members playing a deadly initiation game, which requires them to murder whoever flashes their headlights.

“When most folks get the text or email the first thing they want to do is tell all their friends so they send a mass email or text message to warn everyone.  Unfortunately, there are no facts to base this on,” Detective Marc Wilder (who works with the gang unit at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office in Tampa Bay, FL) told Fox News.

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