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Published July 16, 2009, 10:36 AM

Police warn about bogus Amber alert

HURON, S.D. - Huron Deputy Police Chief Denny Meyer says it might be impossible to trace the source of a false Amber alert message that was sent out via text message. There have also been similar reports in the Fargo area.

HURON, S.D. - Huron Deputy Police Chief Denny Meyer says it might be impossible to trace the source of a false Amber alert message that was sent out via text message. There have also been similar reports in the Fargo area.

The bogus alert dealt with a supposed 3-year-old girl who had been abducted by a man in a truck. It prompted several calls to the police department Wednesday and there have been similar reports about text messages sent to people in the Fargo area.

Meyer says there were reports of fake alerts with the same text body in other states. The fake alert also went out to people in some other South Dakota cities, including Sioux Falls and Mitchell.

Amber alerts usually are announced through radio and TV stations, and also posted on interstate highway message boards.

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