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False Child Abduction Alert – ‘Lilly Snatched From Surrey’



Outline
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.
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Brief Analysis
The message is inaccurate. Surrey Police report that the incident was related to a domestic dispute that has now been safely resolved. Police note that further rumours and speculation about the incident will be unhelpful. If you receive this message, please do not share it with others.

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Detailed Analysis

This message, which is rapidly gaining momentum on Facebook, asks users to watch out for 3-year-old Lilly, who, according to the message, was snatched from the Surrey area of the UK.  The message features a photograph of the child along with the registration number and description of the car in which she was last seen. Users are asked to share the message and to call police if they have seen the child.

However, the claims in the message are inaccurate. The child is not missing. Surrey Police posted the following message on their Facebook Page on July 10, 2013:

We are aware of reports circulating on social media regarding a missing child in Woking or Chertsey. To be clear this information is not accurate and relates to a domestic incident which police were dealing with earlier today and has been safely resolved. We appreciate people’s concerns but further rumours and speculation are unhelpful and could cause residents unnecessary alarm.

Unfortunately, such messages often tend to circulate for months or even years after the initial incident has been resolved. If this message comes your way, please do not share it with others. And please take the time to let the original poster know that the message is invalid.

It is always important to check the veracity of any circulating missing person alerts via credible police or news reports before sharing them on your networks. Reposting false, outdated, or inaccurate missing person alerts is counter-productive and will help nobody.

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Last updated: July 15, 2013
First published: July 15, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen

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