Published On: Thu, May 16th, 2019

Virtual Kidnapping, A Bizarre And Insidious Crime, Is Scamming Families Across The Country

There’s a new crime that’s becoming a bigger and bigger issue for families across the U.S., called “virtual kidnapping,” and it’s insidious.

Here’s how it works, according to CNN: imagine that you receive a phone call. A voice you’ve never heard tells you that he has your son or daughter, and if you don’t follow their (the kidnapper’s) instructions to the letter, they’ll harm your child. The caller then directs you through a bizarre series of steps in order to get the money to them, all the while promising harm to your child if you mess up or if you try to alert the authorities.

Except they never had your child.

It happened to a North Carolina couple, who was scammed out of $ 1,500. In their case, the scammer called them, spoofing their son’s telephone number, then directed them to purchase two $ 750 pre-paid gift cards.

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Virtual Kidnapping, A Bizarre And Insidious Crime, Is Scamming Families Across The Country