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Missing Child Hoaxes

False Child Abduction Alert 'Lilly Snatched From Surrey'

Circulating social media message claims that 3-year-old Lilly was snatched from the Surrey area of the UK within the last hour. The message includes a picture of the child along with the registration number and description of the car she was last seen in.

Published: July 15, 2013



Fake Child Abduction Alert - Three Year Old Missing from Wollongong

"Alert circulating via social media and email claims that a three year old girl was kidnapped in the NSW city of Wollongong by someone driving a white van with a ladder on the back.

Published: 18th August 2011



Amber Alert Hoax - Fake '72B 381' Abduction Alert Continues To Circulate

"Amber Alert" message circulating via social media and email claims that a three year old child has been kidnapped by a man driving a grey car with the license plate 72B 381.

Published: 31st March 2011



Amber Alert Hoax - Mitsubishi Eclipse With Plate Number 98B351

Message purporting to be an Amber Alert claims that a three year old boy was taken by a man in Rochester MI driving a 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse with the number plate 98B351.

Published: 14th February 2011



Carissa Malanitch Missing Child Hoax

Email forward claims that 13 year old Carissa Malanitch is missing and asks recipients to pass on the message in the hope that someone knows where she is

Published: 12th February 2009



Yohana Ravelo Missing Teenager Hoax

Message claims that 17 year-old Yohana Ravelo is missing from her Coral Gables, Florida home.

Published: 2nd October 2007



Evan Trembley Missing Child Hoax

Email forward claims that 15-year-old Evan Trembley is missing and asks recipients to pass on the message in the hope that someone has seen him.

Published: 27th August 2007



Ashley Flores Missing Child Hoax

Email forward claims that 13-year-old Ashley Flores is missing from Philadelphia.

Published: 6th May 2006



Michael Hunt Missing Child Message

Email message claims that a fifteen year old boy named Michael Hunt is missing from Longs South Carolina.

Published: 28th June 2006



Penny Brown Hoax

Email claims that 9-year-old Penny Brown is missing and urges you to forward the message to others.

Published: 12 October 2004