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Posted on: September 5, 2018

Hoax Threat Awareness

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The Apache Junction Police Department is sharing this message from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to promote safe cell phone use. A press conference was held Tuesday in Phoenix by area law enforcement officials to remind the public that there are consequences for making false threats. The FBI is using the hashtag #Thinkbeforeyoupost

Several instances have recently occurred where people used social media or a cell phone to issue threats against schools, churches and business offices. These crimes can be a federal crime for threatening interstate communication, or can fall under state statutes.

The message from the FBI and your local law enforcement partners is:

  • Do not ever post or send a message on line that threatens anyone.
  • If you receive a message that threatens you, contact your local law enforcement agency. They will help you determine how the investigation should be conducted.
  • Likewise, if you see a message that is of a threatening nature on social media, contact police immediately. AJPD has an anonymous tip line: (480) 474-8585, or call 9-1-1 if it is an emergency. The 24 hour, non-emergency number is (480) 982-8260.
  • Do not share any message of a threatening nature. Speak to a law enforcement official first so that the level of concern is evaluated before this information goes further.

The FBI issued its warning earlier this summer. A recap is available at https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/hoax-threats-awareness-052318.

If you have any questions, please contact the AJPD Community Resource Coordinator, at (480) 474-5442 or cru@ajcity.net.

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