What are the red flags of a virtual kidnappings?

Reporter: Rich Kolko
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What to do in a virtual kidnapping situation. (Credit: WINK News)
What to do in a virtual kidnapping situation. (Credit: WINK News)

There are only about 100 to 200 non-family kidnappings a year in the United States. I am here to tell you, placing a call with the victim screaming in the background is not a typical way for a kidnapper to demand ransom.

Some more red flags are if the call comes from a number you do not know and the caller did not use your kid’s cell phone. A second is if the caller does not know your child’s name. Also, if the person demands a wire transfer immediately while you are on the phone.

If you ever receive a call like those, remain calm. First, ask to speak to the victim. Then, try to listen primarily to any noise from the supposed victim. Do not share any personal information about the victim or your family.

It is recommended to call or text your child. Then, call your local police office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A lot of times, these calls are coming from overseas or even from jail. It is another form of cyber-crime and the bad guys can get a lot of information from these phone calls.


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