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Scam Alert
Virtual Kidnapping

Original Release: 4/27/2018

Police Department Media Release - Scam Alert - Virtual Kidnapping - City of Lyndhurst, Ohio

Patrick A. Ward
Mayor
 
5301 Mayfield Road | Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124
(440) 442-1234 | (440) 442-3820
POLICE DEPARTMENT
 
Rick F. Porrello
Chief of Police

Media Release: Friday, April 27, 2018 11:31 AM EST

A scam once limited to Mexico and Southwest border states has appeared in Northeast Ohio. It is known as virtual kidnapping, or a ransom scam. As you may guess, the perpetrators telephone victims to say they have kidnapped a loved one. By using deception and fast-talking threats of harm, the perpetrators trick the victim into wiring them money.

Scammers may try keeping victims on the phone to prevent them from checking on their loved one or calling police. Deception techniques might involve someone screaming (actual or recorded) in the background to suggest the presence of a real kidnap victim. The experience can be traumatizing for victims who truly believe a loved one is in danger.

If you believe you are the victim of a ransom scam, in most cases, the best course of action is to simply hang up the phone, then call police. Follow the link below for additional information and tips from the FBI.

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/virtual-kidnapping

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