Most of us at one time have received an e-mail or possibly a text message pleading for us to help find a missing child only to learn later it was a hoax. There are some steps to take before you forward the e-mail especially if it is an AMBER Alert.
- Go to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and click on Active AMBER Alerts orUse the search option to see if the child is reported as missing or
Check out the AMBER Plan Locations page for the State where the child is missing or
Google search on the child’s name, AMBER Alert and State or
You may want to Google search on the child’s name and Snopes to see if it is a previously reported hoax or
Before you receive the next e-mail or text message, now may be a good time to go to Snopes and search using the keywords “AMBER Alert” for 27 of the most common hoaxes. The stories of Evan Trembley and Ashley Flores give tips on what to look for to determine whether the alert is legitimate
The easiest way to verify the information is accurate is to sign up to receive an alert at a legitimate secondary alert provider. They will send you the alert with updates and a cancellation message once the child is recovered.
A few precautionary steps by you will avoid the spread of false reports and hoaxes.
The Oregon State Police warned today that false Amber Alert messages are showing up again.
For the third time in less than a year, state police have received reports of people receiving old or fake text messages about child abductions on their cell phones.