Published: Sep 09, 2013 10:38 AM EDT

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) - The Pasco County Sheriff's Department is no longer posting pictures of missing children on its Facebook page and is warning parents to be careful in light of a recent scam.
Sheriff Chris Nocco highlighted a case involving a 15-year-old girl whose mother posted information about her on Facebook after she went missing on Aug. 11.
The Tampa Tribune ( ) reports Christian Potwin turned to Facebook to help find her daughter, changing her privacy settings to make her profile public. A stranger contacted her and wanted $300 for information about the girl's whereabouts.
Potwin called the sheriff's office. Her daughter returned home two days later.
Deputies say the suspect wanted a payment wired to Nigeria.
Nocco says the potential for scams is a reason they've stopped posting the pictures on Facebook.
Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune,

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)