Amber Alert text message is a nationwide hoax

HATTIESBURG, MISS (WDAM) - The Amber Alert text message going around the Pine Belt area is a hoax.

The text message originated in Salt Lake City on Feb. 8, and has since spread like a virus to every state in the union and parts of Canada and Mexico.

The message varies from state to state, but always includes details about the abduction of a 7-year-old girl and a silver truck with the licence plate 72B381.

Authorites across the country have verified there is no such Amber Alert, yet the message is still being passed around.

Actual alerts can be found at the following Web site:

The Internet messaging service Twitter was also inundated with the hoax message, and helped spread the prank across the country.