‘Vir­tual kid­nap­ping’ scam tar­gets par­ents, schools warn

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES - By Collin Bink­ley

Schools across the U.S. are warn­ing about a scam to con­vince par­ents that their chil­dren have been kid­napped — even though they haven’t — and to col­lect ran­som money.

Cases of “vir­tual kid­nap­ping” have been re­ported over the past two months in Vir­ginia, Cal­i­for­nia, Texas, Ari­zona and other states. Au­thor­i­ties say the scam of­ten tar­gets the par­ents of col­lege stu­dents, trick­ing some into pay­ing thou­sands of dol­lars and ap­pears to be on the rise na­tion­ally. In many cases, par­ents re­ceive a call from a stranger who claims to have kid­napped their child, and can of­ten pro­vide the child’s name or other de­tails.

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