Texas Sheriff Warns of Scammers Using Name of 3-Year-Old Boy That Went Missing

A Texas sheriff's office has warned residents of a possible scam using the name of a 3-year-old boy that went missing but was recently found alive.

"I truly regret to have to publish this, but, I am asking everyone to please take note of this message," Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday. "It has been brought to my attention just a few moments ago that there has been a few attempts by 'people' to put out attempts to use the family of Christopher Ramirez and his name to try to scam people to donate to a go fund me account or similar fundraising of donations."

Sowell continued, "The family of Christopher Ramirez is absolute that they are not asking for donations or a go fund me account and wants the public to know...Please DO NOT donate or fall victim to any scam attempts. This is sad that people would do this and I plea for anyone to don't participate with donation requests and report any attempts to the Grimes County Sheriff's Office."

The FBI in Houston also issued a warning of a possible scam using Ramirez's name.

"Anyone trying to collect money using the family and/or the toddler's name is trying to scam you- don't fall for it!" the FBI in Houston wrote in a tweet on Wednesday.

According to the Grimes County Sheriff, the family of 3 yo Christopher Ramirez does NOT have a crowdfunding account & is NOT asking for donations. Anyone trying to collect money using the family and/or the toddler's name is trying to scam you- don't fall for it! #BCSTX #HouNews pic.twitter.com/YgHYuqu6KB

— FBI Houston (@FBIHouston) October 12, 2021

The warnings issued by the FBI and the Grimes County Sheriff's Office comes a few days after Ramirez, 3, went missing and was found alive three days later.

On October 6, the Grimes County Sheriff's Office said that Ramirez went missing from his home in Plantersville, Texas. "Law enforcement believes Ramirez to be in danger of death or serious bodily injury," the sheriff's office said in a Facebook post.

Authorities said that Ramirez went missing after he followed his neighbor's dog into nearby woods while his mother was unloading groceries from her vehicle.

On October 9, the sheriff's office announced that Ramirez was found "alive and safe."

"He is now in the care of the doctors and nurses at Texas Children's Hospital in the Woodlands with his Mother by his side," Sheriff Sowell wrote in the Facebook post. "A bit tired and dehydrated as well as hungry and in over all good spirits and healthy. He will be observed and monitored for a period of time by the professionals at Texas Children's Hospital."

Two days later, Sowell announced that Ramirez leaving the hospital and thanked community members for their help in the search for him.

Newsweek reached out to the Grimes County Sheriff's Office for further comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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The Grimes County Sheriff's Office in Texas recently warned of scammers using the name of a 3-year-old boy that recently went missing but was found alive. Above, police tape hangs across the street in front of a house in Park City, Kansas on February 26, 2005. Larry W. Smith/Getty