GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) - On Thursday, deputies with the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office made the announcement that threats circulating on social media targeting area Wal-Marts is a hoax.
Law enforcement said the threats are being sent out on a nationwide scale with area names being changed.
On Wednesday, in a post on their Facebook page, the department says they saw several posts circulating on social media that repeat the threats indicating that the criminal acts would happen over the weekend, and that officers were investigating to see if there was any truth or cause for genuine concern.
Greenwood PD cited recent mass shootings, reminding citizens that those within the shooters' social and family circles knew they were planning violence.
The department also asked for citizens to call 911 if they see such claims instead of circulating posts on social media, saying sharing the threats only incites panic and does nothing to help prevent potential tragedy.
Earlier today, we reported an Emerald High School student was arrested for making similar threats just days before school started back up.