STAMFORD - Stamford Police are investigating a false report of a child abduction through the AMBER Alert system..

Officials say the urban-legend reference Web site claimed the abduction of a 3-year-old child to be false. It lists similar hoax alerts that have reportedly spread throughout the United States in the last few months.

The AMBER Alert system is designed to find missing children. Police say that falsely reporting a child abduction is a serious matter because it threatens to dilute the system.