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FBI warns about the scam alert called "virtual kidnapping"

Posted: 10:28 AM, May 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-18 14:32:30-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - It's a well-known scam making a comeback, they call it virtual kidnapping.

Your phone rings, and someone claims to have kidnapped your loved one.

They demand a ransom, you wire money, the kidnapping crime never happened.

The FBI has a renewed warning on an old scam surfacing in new ways.

FBI agents say "A lot of times these happen and people are embarrassed by what happened and they don't report it."

FBI says if this happens, to immediately call the relative and report it to law enforcement.