Beware of Virtual Kidnapping Scam

The North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety would like to warn you, our citizens, about a frightening virtual kidnapping scam that has occurred in our area.

This criminal activity starts when scammers make a phone call advising that a loved one has been kidnapped and unless you send them money, they will harm your loved one. The scammer will provide a short time limit to have the money sent to them, utilizing time and fear to victimize you.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations provides these tips to avoid becoming a victim. If you receive a phone call from someone demanding a ransom for an alleged kidnap victim, the following should be considered:


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If you suspect a real kidnapping is taking place or you believe a ransom demand is a scheme, contact your local law enforcement agency.