FBI Warns of ‘Virtual Kidnapping’ Telephone Scams

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Hundreds of people in Southern California have been targeted by criminals hoping to carry out a scheme that law enforcement officials have termed “virtual kidnapping for ransom,” reports the Los Angeles Times. The scammers try to extort money after phoning parents or other kin and falsely convincing them that a loved one is being held hostage. A network of criminals in the U . . .

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