UPS scare was an Internet hoax

 There are no “terrorists on the loose” wearing stolen, or purchased, UPS uniforms.
 Wednesday the Department of Public Safety in Austin inadvertently transmitted a 2003 e-mail warning of such a situation and it was forwarded to Rockdale schools.
 The e-mail is an Internet hoax. Used UPS uniforms were available on eBay until the practice was stopped eight years ago. UPS investigated purchases at that time, said they were “resolved to their satisfaction” and  that “reports of a missing shipment of UPS uniforms are simply not true.”
 The UPS hoax also went around the Internet just before Christmas, 2006. It is apparently circulating again after the death of Osama Bin Laden.

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