JSON.parse Invalid character error

I am trying to retrieve a json string and parsing it.

I've tried both:
var obj = $.parseJSON(data);
var t = JSON.parse(data);

They return "Invalid character error."

My data being returned is:

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And when I view it in the debugger, it looks like this:
It is erroring in the jquery-1.11.2.min.js file with the catch here:
And the actual error looks like above when I step through it.

I looked at all the examples and they were using single quotes, so I found and used a manual serializer and sent this instead, with single quotes instead of the double quotes, so there would be no escaped characters.

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But still the same error. Do you see any reason I should be getting the invalid character error?

Starr DuskkASP.NET VB.NET DeveloperAsked:
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zzynxSr. Software engineerCommented:
parseJSON() takes a string as input.
Are you sure that your data variable is a String?

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Starr DuskkASP.NET VB.NET DeveloperAuthor Commented:
that was it! thanks!
zzynxSr. Software engineerCommented:
You're welcome!
Glad that helped.
Thanx 4 axxepting.
Starr DuskkASP.NET VB.NET DeveloperAuthor Commented:
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