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An article making its way around Facebook tells the story of a Lafayette woman who was attacked and saved by a device on her key chain.

Posted: Apr 5, 2018 7:15 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - An article making its way around Facebook tells the story of a Lafayette woman who was attacked and saved by a device on her key chain.

However, the ending line tells the real story. Police hope you read the fine print.

At first glance, the article has everything it needs to look legitmate, but if you scroll down, you get what's really going on.

"This is an advertisement, it's not actual news," said Lafayette Police Lt. Scott Galloway.

Lafayette's Amy Miller doesn't exist. She wasn't robbed at a local grocery store. Miller wasn't saved by a safety device and Lafayette police certainly aren't urging you to buy it.

"It's concerning that they are putting our name in here because that goes against our policy and procedure," said Galloway. "We would never organize to promote some product and we don't want to scare our citizens. It's using fear to sell something, in my opinion."

Galloway suspects this company shares this same article in every city, just changing the name.

He said people should be skeptical of everything, even the comments.

"Those comments usually go sideways at some point, they're not," said Galloway. "They're very descriptive of what the product is and I'd almost think that these are fake too."

News 18 tried adding the comment, "this article is fake," but an error occurs and it doesn't let you post.

MaKayla Hartman says this type of advertising reflects poorly on the product.

"Who knows if it's true or not," said Hartman. "Who knows if it's actually going to work."

Jamie Combs agrees.

"I don't like being tricked either," said Combs. "They need to be straight up, honest with people."

Galloway said LPD only uses trusted sources to alert the public.

"We use NextDoor, our social media, we communicate with our local media but we would never publish anything like this or urge something like this that wasn't true," said Galloway. 

We reached out to the company for comment, but haven't heard back yet.

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