Announcements and Public Information
October 18, 2016
From: Colonel David M.
Randall, Chief of Police
CITIZEN AWARENESS BULLETIN
“Virtual Kidnapping” Scam
In January 2015, the FBI and New
York City Police Department provided a joint informational warning alerting the
public of an increase in a “Virtual Kidnapping” Scam.
This scam and others like it continue to frighten and victimize people
all across the country.
In this scam, one or more people call a victim and in a very fast-paced
and aggressive manner indicate they have kidnapped a relative, usually a close
family member. A ruse is commonly
used to add credibility to the claim and convince the victim that ransom money
must be sent as soon as possible by wire transfer to allow the release of the
held family member. According to the
FBI, the ransom amounts are varied, but usually fall in the range of $600 to
$1,900. Callers may possess a
Spanish accent and may indicate that the family member was involved in an
accident or another type of incident with the caller or the callers group, such
as a gang, that resulted in injuries to the kidnapped relative requiring medical
attention, which has not yet been provided. In
some cases there have been threats to the personal safety of the kidnapped
relative unless payment was received. To
increase fear, anxiety, and a sense of urgency there may also be other
aggressive voices or noises in the background, including screaming.
The callers may use social media to learn important information about
victims, including where they live and spend time and information about their
friends. Victims are often told that
the kidnappers possess the relative’s cell phone and if the victim calls the
phone the family member will be severely harmed.
The phone numbers used by the callers are often untraceable as blocked or
private numbers. In addition,
callers change phone numbers frequently. According
to the FBI, these capture-avoidance behaviors make it difficult for law
enforcement, but there are scam-avoidance steps citizens can take such as
looking for scam indicators:
Incoming call originated from an outside or unusual area code
Call is not from the kidnapped victim’s phone
Callers try hard to keep you on the phone
Callers try to prevent you from locating or contacting the
Wire transfer is the only allowed method of payment
“Virtual Kidnapping” Scam
The FBI also recommends the following considerations if called
demanding payment for release of a family member:
Be alert; Attempt to slow down the conversation; Ask the caller to
repeat demands so they can be written down; Ask to speak directly with the
alleged kidnapped relative or for the relative to call back using the
relative’s phone; If not, ask the caller to describe the kidnapped victim or
their vehicle, etc;
While continuing to speak with the kidnapper, use another phone to
call the victim’s phone;
Using social media, call, text, or contact the victim; have victim
call back on the victim’s phone;
Try to keep your voice controlled and low; don’t challenge or
argue with the caller.
Anyone with information or needing assistance with a Virtual Kidnapping
Scam can call their local police, State Police or the local office of the FBI.
For an actual kidnapping,
please call 911.
To report or learn more about this and other scams, the following
resources are available:
Federal Bureau of Investigation at www.fbi.gov
The FBI Internet Crime
Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov
R.I. Attorney General, Consumer Protection Unit at www.riag.ri.gov
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