No, there haven’t been more people trying to kidnap kids in Long Beach lately, according to police, but a viral photo of a well-intended poster at a local daycare center has sparked a storm of social media rumors.

Sarah Soriano, the executive director of Young Horizons Child Development Center near Downtown, said she made the posters to warn parents about a man who had been sitting in a gold Chevy Cruze outside the daycare about two weeks ago.

In an interview Friday, Soriano said there weren’t accusations the man had done anything illegal, but several people said he’d been watching people drop off their kids.

“It was enough so that three or four parents came in to report it to us,” Soriano said. That—coupled with unconfirmed rumors on social media about children being followed around stores and viral videos about kidnappings in other countries—made her want to warn parents to always be aware of their surroundings.

The poster said, “Parents/staff please be aware of your surroundings. Increased kidnapping activity has been reported in LB. Keep your children closeby, remove ‘Baby On Board’ or other types of identifying signs from your car. If you see any suspicious activity/person call LB Police Department.”

A photo of the poster, likely taken by a parent at the school, quickly went viral on Facebook, specifically in Long Beach crime groups. Long Beach police posted on social media that they were aware of the photo, but there had been no recent kidnapping attempts of children in the area.

Soriano said that the poster had poor wording and she immediately took it down when she saw what was happening online. She has since been reaching out to Facebook group administrators and asking them to take down the posts. But she stands by the intended message that people should be alert instead of distracted.

“If anything comes out of this, I want people to be aware. Put your phone down,” Soriano said.

Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @ValerieOsier