OKLAHOMA CITY – The In Your Corner team recently received word of a suspicious email circulating around the metro.
It has the words “Amber Alert” in the subject head and claims “…sex offender activity has been detected in your area.”
Gene Thaxton and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety issue AMBER alerts in our state.
We alerted them to the email creating the stir.
Thaxton said, “Nothing that Oklahoma, that I would issue, is going to look that way.”
The link takes you to a website for a company called Kids Live Safe.
They claim to protect families from registered sex offenders and offers a number of web-based services, including a sex offender monitoring service.
You sign up for a trial run, then the company charges your credit card on a monthly basis.
Our complaints though aren’t with the product, but the way it’s being advertised.
A Kids Live Safe spokesperson sent us this statement:
Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention and providing us with a copy of the email. As our attorney explained, Kids Live Safe contracts with 3rd party marketing organizations to distribute its marketing messages. Kids Live Safe has never authorized anyone to send emails as an “Amber Alert”, to use the phrase “Amber Alert” or to imply any connection to a government entity. We are diligently investigating this issue and as soon as we identify the marketing organization responsible for this we will take appropriate action to ensure this does not happen again. Please tell your viewers that if they receive any further messages like this to please forward to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or let us know through the “contact us” form on our website.
The Kids Live Safe Team
Here’s the In Your Corner bottom line.
As of now, the state will never notify you of an AMBER alert by email or text.
To verify an AMBER alert, check with law enforcement or a media outlet.
DPS will also post an alert on its website.
Keep this in mind. You can always access the national and state sex offender registries for free.