THE Spanish Home Office has released a statement today, April 16, denying terrorism alert changes that have been spreading over social media and chat groups.
The official statement stressed that messages that have been appearing on the internet since attacks were carried out in Paris last January are completely false and the alert level in Spain has not been changed and remains at lower level three.
Any change to this alert status would be announced through official channels and national press, the Home Office explained.
“Other unofficial communication channels do not have any credibility regarding anti-terrorist alert information, and often simply aim to scare the population or cause trouble,” the statement continued.
Over recent weeks the Home Office, which carries out regular checks of online sources, has detected an increase in fake messages regarding an increased terrorism alert level and recommending people avoid shopping centres.
Although they say they have come from the police, these messages are completely false and should not be trusted, the authorities said.