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 (http://bit.ly/13zp8Aj ) 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.
    
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Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, http://www.tampatrib.com

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