FOX23 INVESTIGATION: Virtual kidnappings targeting families

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Quick Facts:

  • Parents getting scary phone calls that claim their children have been kidnapped
  • Caller demands ransom, but when parents pay up,  they learn it’s a scam
  • FOX23 is taking a closer look at what you need to know to stay safe
  • WATCH the full report Wednesday on FOX23 News at 5:45

It may be the most terrifying phone call a parent can get: A stranger on the line says he's kidnapped your child and demands ransom.

Parents pay up only to learn they're victims of an elaborate and expensive hoax.

“The extortion subjects are very successful. So they end up getting a lot of money out of this, and that's the reason they are continuing,” an FBI agent told FOX23.

FOX23’s Clay Loney is taking a closer look at what you need to know to make sure you’re not a victim. He’s putting the full report together for Wednesday on FOX23 News at 5:45 p.m.

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