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LCSO warns locals against kidnapping scam

August 8, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

A disturbing and frightening phone scam was recently reported to the Lee County Sheriff's Office by several concerned residents. Citizens should hang up the phone and call the LCSO fraud line if a call is received that goes like:

Scammer: "We have kidnapped your brother (or other relative) and we are demanding you wire money for his (her) release or we will kill you and your entire family."

In an incident, the victim contacted her brother while she was still on the phone with the scammer and discovered that he was safe and sound. When the victim told the scammer she was on to him, he threatened to kill her.

There are several similarities in each of the calls, including the same (727) area code. Although the area code is for Pinellas County, it is very likely that the call originated from elsewhere, possibly from outside of United States.

This type of scam is meant to shock the victim into acting quickly to help a loved one who is in danger. The LCSO urges residents who receive this type of scam phone call to follow the tips listed before making any snap decisions:

- Stop and think.

Fact Box

Safety tips

- Stop and think.

- Do not act in haste.

- Verify the information by calling a relative

- Do not send money and call police.

Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office

- Do not act in haste.

- Verify the information by calling a relative

- Do not send money and call police.

Anyone with information about the phone call scam can contact the LCSO fraud line at (239) 477-1242, or the main number at (239) 477-1000.

Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office

 
 

 

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