Attempted child abduction a false alarm, police say

UPDATE: The woman who asked a child to climb through the boot of her car in Hervey Bay on Saturday has come forward to police.

Detective Sergeant Melonie Geck said the woman went to the Hervey Bay Police Station on Tuesday morning after reading about the investigation in the Fraser Coast Chronicle.

"She explained her actions," she said.

"She had misplaced her keys and asked the girl to climb in and unlock the doors.

"After the girl said no she looked in her bag for her RACQ card and found a spare key."

Det Sgt Geck said the girl's parents had been informed and the matter was now resolved.

"But the little girl did the right thing refusing to get into the car," she said.

"It's better to be safe than sorry."

EARLIER: Parents are being encouraged to reinforce the stranger danger message to their kids as police investigate a possible abduction attempt in Hervey Bay.

Police said a 12-year-old girl was riding her bike along the Esplanade at Torquay on Saturday morning when she was asked by a woman to climb through her boot and unlock her car doors from the inside.

However, when the child refused, the woman got into her car - a red three-door hatchback - and drove away.

The incident has sparked concern across the Fraser Coast and police are reminding parents to talk to their children about the potential dangers of strangers approaching them.

"Children need to know that it is okay to say no to a stranger ... that they can call out and attract attention if they feel unsafe," Detective Sergeant Melonie Geck from the Maryborough Police District Child Protection and Investigation Unit said.

A post by the girl's mother on Facebook has gone viral since it was posted on Saturday afternoon and has been shared up to 500 times.

Det Sgt Geck said while police received a lot of false information from social media sites, they were taking this complaint seriously.

"It is something we are looking into," she said.

Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.