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…
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