Bogus Crime Emails Becoming a Big Problem

May 15, 2009 at 12:15 am Leave a comment

The introduction of email to our society has created a fast and cheap way for people to communicate with each other and spread information to the maximum number of people possible. But along with this great benefit comes the easy spread of false information that can be harmful to both individuals and businesses.

The Shelby County Reporter, of Shelby County Georgia, recently posted a story covering the dissemination of false crime reports through email. The story cites a few examples specifically, like the false report that a child had been molested at a local movie theater. This report, widely passed by email to local residents, hurt the theater and the shopping center it was a part of.

Now police are beginning to crack down on these false accusations and false crime reports. Recently a 26 year-old woman was arrested and convicted for making false reports to law enforcement when she circulated an email reporting fake assault at a local convenience store.

In a case where you receive an email reporting a crime about a local business or local resident, be sure to check the source before forwarding the message on to others. You can verify the crime by contacting your local police department or by checking services like Sometimes these emails are fabricated only to hurt a local business or shame innocent citizens. If you cannot verify the source of the email (such as when the email is preceded by a long list of forwards) it is probably best to simply delete it rather than pass it on.

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