RCMP warn of fraudulent missing persons posts on social media

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The RCMP in Prince Edward Island are warning the public about fraudulent missing persons posts on social media. The RCMP has received complaints that fraudsters have posted on social media pictures of missing children, seniors, and pets. Examples of captions read “My son took off this morning with our dog hank. He is autistic and has been missing for eight hours.” They then ask for personal messages and to share the post. Other posts discuss parents with Alzheimer’s who have wandered away or missing pets. These messages are designed to engage the public in order to conduct fraud.

The PEI RCMP would like to ensure the public that if there was a missing person on PEI this would be a top priority for police. We would communicate with the public, through media releases, social media and in some cases an alert ready that would come through on your phone. “You would most likely hear about this on the news. The RCMP recommend that if you believe there might be a missing person confirm this through your local police or RCMP Detachment, and don’t share the message unless you know it to be accurate.” sais Cst Gavin Moore, Media Relations Officer for the PEI RCMP.

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