Friday, September 26, 2014

ISIS Marking Christian Homes (Australia)

The Guardian [Australia]
26 September 2014

Public concern about Isis moves authorities to clarify extremists are not knocking on doors and marking Christian homes

    Haroon Siddique

New South Wales police have been moved to reassure Australians that text messages claiming members of Islamic State (Isis) are knocking on people’s doors and marking Christian houses are a hoax, as concerns grow about the threat the extremist group poses.

The text message states: “There are members if Isis going door knocking on homes. They greet you with ‘Salam Alaykom’, and then pretend they are trying to collect money for orphans. They come with a black folder and ask you if you want to donate. I have just had one approach me at home just 2 hours ago. Please - do NOT Talk to them or open for them.”

The message, which references areas in the south-west suburbs of Sydney, exhorts people to “spread the word” and apparently convinced enough people for the police to feel compelled to tell them that there was no truth in it. In a tweet on Friday, the police included a picture of the offending text message with “FALSE” written in bold red letters across it. An accompanying message said: “Don’t be fooled by social media myths exploiting the current political climate.” […]

New South Wales Police
25 September 2014

NSW Police @nswpolice

Pls RT - Don't be fooled by social media myths exploiting the current political climate. #mythbuster