People are advised to be wary of hoax messages circulating on social media in the wake of yesterday’s incident at Martin Place in the Sydney CBD.
Responding to a social media post suggesting that ISIS planned an attack in Sydney over Christmas or New Year, NSW Police today tweeted under the hashtags ‘#mythbuster’ and ‘#hoaxalert’ that it had received ‘no such reports’. The police also branded the post as ‘FALSE’.
The social media post (including its original grammatical and spelling mistakes) read "My brother in law found a wallet on the ground about 1-2 months ago. He told me that he called the number the could find inside the wallet and the person who came to collect looked like one of the isis members. When he collected his wallet he told him here is a tip don’t go to sydney in new years eve or maybe Christmas ".
Some Twitter commenters suggested the post was a variation on a hoax that had been circulating online for several years.
To remain accurately informed about the Martin Place incident or any associated activities, people are advised to rely on information from official and reputable sources.
Stay Smart Online also has information about avoiding hoaxes and scams here.
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