Police warn of virtual kidnapping scam

The scammer steals your phone number, calls you and tells you they've taken a loved one, and will hurt or kill them unless you pay a ransom.

Posted: Mar. 15, 2019 4:45 PM
Updated: Mar. 16, 2019 8:41 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Fort Wayne Police are warning of a new scam that has hit Indiana-- virtual kidnapping. 

The scammer steals your phone number, calls you and tells you they've taken a loved one, and will hurt or kill them unless you pay a ransom. 

You may be asked to send the caller money or gift cards to ensure the alleged victim's safety. 

Officer Michael Joyner with the Fort Wayne Police Department said not to fall victim to fear, and know if you get a call like this, chances are it's just a scam call.

If you do get a call, you should still report it to the police so they can follow up. 

"It's a crime and you have to report this, because if you don't, there's an additional victim or victims that they're going to scam. You might be that link that helps to stop this, to identify who is perpetrating this, so you have to step up," Joyner said. 

The Fort Wayne Police Department can be reached at 427-1222. 

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