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Fake Facebook page poses as Will County forest preserve

'We do not know who is responsible,' district spokesperson said

The Forest Preserve District of Will County recently learned of a Facebook page spreading incorrect information about one of its preserves, district officials said.
The Forest Preserve District of Will County recently learned of a Facebook page spreading incorrect information about one of its preserves, district officials said.

JOLIET – The Forest Preserve District of Will County recently learned of a Facebook page spreading incorrect information about one of its preserves, district officials said.

“The forest preserve does not want the public to be misled or confused, so we have contacted Facebook to request that this page and the event listing be taken down,” said Cindy Cain, public information officer for the district.

Cain said a Facebook page for Hammel Woods is portraying itself as belonging to the district. Officials do not know who is responsible for the page, and Facebook has not yet agreed to remove it.

Although the postings are copied
directly from the district’s real Hammel Woods Facebook page, some of the
information provided on the page is
incorrect – specifically a “Food Truck Fridays” event.

The fake page said the event begins Friday, but the preserve’s “Food Truck Fridays” program does not begin until June 1.

“Around 300 people have said they are interested in going to this fake event tomorrow at Hammel Woods, and we would hate for that to happen,” Cain said.

District officials encourage residents to be wary of where they get their information.

“If a social media profile or page has minimal content or only a handful of followers and looks fake, 99 percent of the time it is,” Cain said.

Check the district’s event calendar at reconnectwithnature.org to ensure events actually are occurring.

The district asks that anyone who notices suspicious social media profiles pretending to be associated with the district call 815-727-8700 so the pages can be investigated.

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