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Mexican border state warns residents about fake crime tip mobile app

August 31, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican border state warns residents about fake crime tip mobile app

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Government officials in the border state of Monterrey, Nuevo León have warned residents about a fake mobile app directed at deceiving community members into contributing anonymous tips.

According to Breitbart Texas, authorities are unaware who is responsible for the app or if they have associations with organized crime.

The free application displays images and logos from the Nuevo Leon Police Department to trick the public into believing it is legitimate. The mobile app simulates the format used by numerous law enforcement agencies in the United States.

Government leaders in Nuevo Leon have issued an advisory to the public, warning the app is not a safe means of sending tips to authorities because the police won’t receive them.

The mobile app, which was discovered and exposed this week, has been in the app store since June 28th. The mobile application lists a user identified Camilo Garzon as the creator. However, authorities have yet to confirm the man’s actual identity or whether he maintains links with organized criminal activity remains unclear.

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Officials believe the bogus app has the potential to further decrease the public’s confidence in the Mexican government, which is already at an all-time low.

In recent weeks, business leaders have attributed the rise in violent crimes to organized criminal groups who continue to increase their presence in the area and fight for lucrative drug regions.

The number of violent crimes including extortion, murders, and kidnappings has raised exponentially during the first six months of 2016 in comparison to recent years.

During the first half of 2015, Nuevo Leon reported 227 murders. In the same time span in 2016, the border state has recorded an increase of 45%, bringing the total number of reported homicides to 330.

Nuevo Leon has also seen a surge in carjackings and vehicle thefts with a 32% increase so far in 2016 – bringing the number of stolen cars to 2,031. In comparison to last year, which police reported 1,537 stolen vehicles.

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