AMBER alert about license plate 98B351 is a hoax

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Hoaxes are causing a nuisance again, as a false AMBER Alert asking the public to be on the lookout for a 3-year-old boy abducted by a man driving a 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse are circulating around the world.

And the internet is just helping the false warnings to spread faster and further.

The bogus alerts are widespread on social networking sites such as Facebook, as users unwittingly perpetuate the hoax – believing they are helping to spread a genuine warning.

Every few seconds there are dozens more warnings appearing on Twitter, for instance:

The messages, asking recipients to look out for a car with the license number 98B351, are also being spread by text messages – and is showing no sign of abating.

However, at the time of writing, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children website is listing no active…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.