Every day it appears that criminals are finding new ways to access our personal information. This time they are using missing kids to scam people with good hearts. Please beware of the phony missing children posts that are going around social media. These fake post usually have very limited information about a missing child . Law enforcement officials are reporting that there are a few factors in the post that should make you think twice. One of the first red flags are the size of the cild. Second if the person posting does not include what school the child attends or the age. Lastly check to see if the profile posting was made recently. Charlotte County Public Information Officer Claudette Smith says, “That child’s not missing, it’s just a made up post to get attention on the internet, to go viral.”
Criminals who make fraudulent posts like these will add malware to the post you shared which means they can access your computer, phone or device. Smith says “That’s how you’re getting hacked, they’re gaining access to all your accounts, your personal information.” Please take the time to read the post before you share it on social media. Truly missing kids will be posted on the sheriff’s office Facebook page.