Posts Tagged ‘Hoax’

It isn’t the first time someone has been charged with filing a false 911 report resulting in an AMBER Alert being activated. However, she may be one of the younger individulas facing the charge.

Charges filed in AMBER Alert hoax

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation charged a 14-year-old girl today with filing a false report in a 911 hoax that caused authorities in Tennessee and Missouri to issue AMBER Alerts last week.

The teen, from Caruthersville, Mo., has been issued two juvenile petitions after she was accused of calling a Dyer County 911 dispatcher on July 16 and claiming she and her 10-year-old sister had been kidnapped by a man and were being molested in red or burgundy Chevy Suburban, according to a TBI news release.

Tennessee authorities issued an AMBER Alert for “Latrice Watson” after two calls were placed to Dyer County dispatch, the release said. Two more prank calls followed, which were handled by the Pemiscot County, Mo., 911 center.

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Police in Plano, Texas are trying to determine if a recent “abduction” was real or a teenage prank.

Police seek answers after teen grabbed at Plano Walmart

PLANO – Police are searching for answers after two masked men jumped out of a white van, grabbed a young teen and then drove off from a Walmart parking lot in broad daylight Sunday in Plano.

Nearly a dozen officers spent hours searching for clues at the scene in the 1700 block of Dallas Parkway. However, at the end of the night, there were more questions than answers found.

The whole incident was caught on video; and authorities said what appears to be a kidnapping may actually be a prank.

 Update 03-10-09:   Plano police say ‘abduction’ caught on Wal-Mart surveillance video was a hoax

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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.

State police warn of renewed Amber Alert hoax

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.

 Akron police say Amber Alert is a hoax

Text message sends community into panic and police into action

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In Washington State, the Senate passed the Amber Alert Bill making it a felony for providing false information concerning a missing child. In most States it is typically a misdemeanor and up to $1,000 fine.

Republican Senator Jerome Delvin has been pushing this AMBER Alert Hoax bill for two years.   Senate Bill 5929 would make it a Class C Felony to knowingly make a false report of a missing child.That means you can face up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Senator Delvin says when an AMBER alert is activated hundreds of police officers make this their top priority. And when anyone makes a false alert, it can create unnecessary chaos.        


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