NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas -

The New Braunfels Police Department is sending out a warning about impostor Facebook pages.

"We wanted to warn citizens that it was out there," said Capt. John McDonald with the New Braunfels Police Department. "And, to make sure citizens knew that there was a fake one out there and if they were going to submit information to us, to make sure it's our original page."

The department received numerous reports that there was a fake page on Facebook that at first glance appeared to be their page.

On Sunday, New Braunfels Police officials released a public service announcement on their own Facebook page to warn people about these impostor pages.

Fake pages were also created for other agencies in the New Braunfels area including the Office of Emergency Management and Comal County Lost and Found Dogs.

McDonald said one way to spot an impostor page is the number of "likes" on the page. For example, on the impostor police department page, there is one "like."

However, on the original New Braunfels Police Department Facebook page, there are nearly 6,000 "likes."

"You'll know when you are on the right page because it will look professional and will have a lot of historical information that we've put in the past in the timeline,"
McDonald said on Tuesday that most of the fake pages made have already been removed and the best way to handle this is to report it to Facebook, but in the meantime, police are conducting their own investigation.

"It could be that the person behind this is someone that we have dealt with recently, whose upset with law enforcement or specifically the police department so, they might have made the page in retaliation," said McDonald.

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