FBI addresses mock crisis event conspiracy theory about Houston

HOUSTON – The FBI is addressing a mock crisis event conspiracy theory about Houston on Twitter.

In a tweet Thursday, the FBI in Houston said it is aware of the social media posts calling for actors to participate in a mock crisis event on March 4. The FBI said it is also aware that some have interpreted these posts as a threat, but said there’s no credible threat to the Houston area.

The mock crisis event hoax originated as an ad on Craigslist that reads: “Crisis event (Medical center) Need 16 actors for a mass casualty event to take place, exact address will be given on 3/2/18 and event will be held on 3/4/18. Email your resume including previous crisis photos of your stage makeup. Compensation: $1,000”

The FBI did not address whether the request for mock training drill actors was legitimate, just that no credible threat existed.  

The Craigslist post has been removed, but has been duplicated on social media via screen stills of the content.

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