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Virtual kidnapping scam reported in Charlotte County

Posted at 12:18 PM, Apr 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-29 12:18:15-04

Two "Virtual Kidnapping Scams" were attempted this weekend in Charlotte County, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office.



The scammers were armed with information on the subjects. CCSO is alerting the public of how the scam workd to prevent other people from being victimized.


How "Virtual Kidnapping" Works:

  • First, you receive a call from an unknown number. The scammer says, “I’ve kidnapped your relative,” and names a brother, sister, child or parent.
  • The scammer then demands you to wire transfer money, “or something bad will happen.” 

There’s pressure to pay quickly, and the caller says not to contact anyone but authorities want people to know it is all fake.

Scammers scour the internet and social media sites, grabbing information about where people live, work, or travel, and names of friends and family. The cons use the details to pick a target and make their calls sound credible.

If you get a call like this, do not panic. Call authorities immediately.