This “kidnapping” scam has been practiced by criminals for over two decades in the US. We received a report this morning from an Anne Arundel County resident who reported it happened to him today.
This morning the intended scam victim received a very disturbing call from a scammer attempting to get him to believe his daughter had been kidnapped. The caller used the intended victim’s first name, but did not use the name of his daughter. The intended victim immediately checked and verified his family was safe. The call came from a phone number registered in Mexico. Please view this information from the FBI for tips on how to respond (and how not to respond) if you receive such a call.