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VIPD Shoots Down WhatsApp Hoax Voice Mail Threats Circulating In Territory

FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Police Department has responded to the WhatsApp voice message circulating in the territory falsely claiming that there will be a threat to the USVI in the coming months.

“The FBI has revealed no evidence to substantiate that threat or to support any other terrorist threats to the territory,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said today.

The Virgin Islands Police Department continues to work with their Federal Law Enforcement Partners and advising the community that “hoax threats” are not a joke and “they have devastating consequences to both the public and the perpetrators,” Dratte said.

Issuing this type of text over social media, via text message, or through email is a federal crime, he added.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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