Women drivers are being told to ignore an email warning about fake babies being placed on the side of the road to get them to stop - and then be sexually attacked.
Inspector Carey Griffiths said today that the email was one of a number of hoaxes in circulation "designed to create unnecessary concern and...waste a lot of people's time".
One email warned of a gang initiation involving placing a car seat by the road with a fake baby in it to entice a woman to stop. When she did she would be dragged off beaten, raped and left for dead.
Another email warned of eggs being thrown at car windscreens in isolated areas. Drivers stopping to wipe clean their windscreen were then robbed.
Police said anyone receiving the "dodgy" emails should not pass them on. Sound crime prevention advice was available on police.govt.nz