Police in Timmins are urging scrutiny and skepticism about social media posts meant to frighten people.
Communications coordinator Marc Depatie says the two current posts warn of dangerous men talking their way into homes in the city, then attacking the women inside. He is adamant that they aren’t legitimate.
“Wouldn’t the police have put out some sort of warning had this been a genuine case?,” he asks rhetorically. “And we certainly would have. We’re accountable to the public that we serve, so this would have been the natural thing to do.”
Depatie says social media is a useful tool when it’s used responsibly,and not to create undue alarm.
“In these instances, there seems to be some element of mischief attached and we’re thankful that the vast majority of persons who are on social media use it for its intended purpose.”
One of the fake posts making the rounds right now has been traced to the African country of Zimbabwe.