Police: Ransom demand for alleged kidnapped relative was a scam
Last Updated: 52 days ago
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs police say a resident who received a phone call demanding ransom for a kidnapped relative was the target of a scam.
Investigators said the intended victim walked into a police station on Monday afternoon and told officers he was on a cell phone call with someone who claimed to be a member of a cartel demanding money.
The suspect claimed that if the ransom was not paid immediately, the family member would be harmed.
"This is an ongoing scam that has taken place across the country and there have been recent cases within the Colorado Springs area," police said.
Investigators believe the scam artists are using information from social media to contact the would-be victims and demand a ransom.
In this case, no one has been arrested.
Colorado Springs Police warned residents to be careful what they post online.
Even a simple app that lists your relatives on your Facebook page, leaves you vulnerable to a scam artists who may use those names and their personal information to try and rip you off.
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