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October 18, 2016

From:  Colonel David M. Randall, Chief of Police



         “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 kidnapped victim

·         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

·         The FBI  Internet Crime Complaint Center at

·         R.I. Attorney General, Consumer Protection Unit at












The SBA has declared that it is making Federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans for RI businesses affected by the drought in RI.  Below is a link to the EMA website with information on how to apply.



Gerald A. Mosca, Director

Scituate Emergency Management Agency

1315 Chopmist Hill Road

North Scituate, RI 02857
Office: (401) 647-3000























Scituate Food Pantry - Hope Library

Hope Library is a  donation center for the Scituate Food Pantry.
  Please bring in donations of non-perishable food items any time during library hours.
Thank you!




Hope Associates, Inc.


Scituate Residents


Hope Pond


     Hope Pond is maintained for passive, recreation activities by Hope
Associates, Inc.  a private, non-profit, volunteer based organization.  Hope Pond is private property open to Scituate residents and is located off of Ryefield Road in Hope Village .


     In order to maintain a safe, family friendly environment please respect the following user guidelines:


§  Town of Scituate residents only




§  Property closed dusk to dawn

§  Dispose of all refuse responsibly


     Hope Pond is a great place to relax on the beach, picnic, swim in the fresh water, fish, kayak, fly a kite, kick a soccer ball, etc.  Bathroom facilities are not available and water activities are at your own risk as lifeguards are not provided. The Town of Scituate uses Hope Pond to facilitate the summer youth program. Access to Hope Pond is restricted during the town’s summer youth program hours.  


   Scituate Reservoir Watershed Public Field Tours
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If you have a strong desire to make a difference in your community, consider volunteering for the

Scituate Ambulance and Rescue Corps




People from all walks of life, neighbors helping neighbors, make volunteer ambulance corps what they are today. If patient care does not appeal to you,

consider providing:

·      Administrative help

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·      or Assistance with vehicle and

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Join us today!!!

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