Law enforcement warn of bogus social media post

Law enforcement in Oktibbeha County are warning residents to be cautious about a bogus social media post.

Posted: Feb 16, 2018 12:33 PM
Updated: Feb 16, 2018 11:37 PM

UPDATE 02/16/18 at 9:30 p.m.

Starkville police and Oktibbeha County law enforcement are warning residents of this Facebook post.

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Law enforcement in Oktibbeha County are investigating two different cases involving a false social media post. 

"The first one was about possible guns at one of the local schools here," said Starkville Police Chief Frank Nichols. 

In a tweet posted around noon on Thursday, Starkville Schools said, "A social media post from an adult has created a frenzy of misinformation that is fueling untruths. AMS (Armstrong Middle School) is not on lockdown."

That tweet was followed with another that read, "It is extremely important that accurate, factual information is shared with out school community."

This case is being investigated by the school district's police. 

Friday morning, Starkville police and the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department released a joint statement explaining they have received several questions about another post circulating Facebook.

That post warned women near or on Highway 389 of a masked man breaking into homes and raping women. 

"We found that to be untrue," said Nichols. 

Nichols encourages the public to really know what they are sharing on social media. 

"I ask the citizens to first do you're own investigation before you share this type of information," said Nichols. "Call us. Send us a message on our Facebook page."

The false post has been deleted. 

"If anything bad is going to happen in Starkville, I promise you, we're going to put it out on social media," said Nichols. 


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STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Law enforcement in Oktibbeha County are advising residents to be cautious about a bogus social media post. 

On Friday, Starkville police released a joint statement with the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department. 

The two agencies stated they have received several questions about a viral Facebook post. 

The Facebook post in question warned women of a masked man breaking into houses and raping women in Starkville. 

"Neither agency has received calls or reports of this nature," Starkville police stated. 

Police say the Facebook post has since been deleted, but not before being shared more than 700 times.  

"Our agencies would like to remind you that we strive to provide accurate information to our community," police stated. 

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