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Police Warn of Kidnap Scam

Editor's Note: This article was written and submitted by Jason Molinet.

Nassau County Police are searching for a man trying to extort money over the phone in a kidnap scam.

Police say 13 incidents have been reported since Nov. 1 and each has involved a caller stating that a family member had been kidnapped, held hostage or involved in an auto accident. The caller then asks the victim to send money, usually through Western Union, to save or help the family member.

“It’s a demand of money and we're asking everyone to be aware,” Public Information Officer Eloise Abdullah said.

Three of the incidents included the threat of serious physical injury against the person being held, police said. The phone calls have come before noon in all but one case.

Officials warn this is an ongoing telephone scam and to report any similar incidents to police. Nassau Police ask if you believe you may have been a victim of this scam, please call 911 immediately.

One Freeport resident claims his family was contacted. "So [Monday] some creeps thought they would scam family members by saying they kidnapped a family member," the man posted on Facebook. "And would shoot them if $2,000 wasn't delivered to a set destination."

Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the party responsible are asked to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477). All calls remain anonymous.

Pam Robinson contributed to this report.
A Resident December 05, 2012 at 07:38 PM
The caller calls from a pay phone, in at least one of the instances was at a supermarket.
Eileen Coles December 05, 2012 at 10:58 PM
If someone else has the opportunity to do this, call 911 on the other phone, tell them which number the guy is calling you on and then try to keep him on the line. They can do a trace in about 2.5 minutes and nail this creep.
Simba December 06, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Also watch out for calls trying to get you to get a free estimate on home repairs. They are casing your house, trying to determine who lives in your house and when you are home. Use caller id and don't answer calls you dont know who it is. If it is legit they will leave a real number. Number of home have been cased this way.
Michael Dwells December 07, 2012 at 01:44 AM
I have read 4 complaints posted at www.callercenter.com related to this kidnap scam and I'm amazed at how freely scammers can call people, get their money and get away with it just as easily.
Dolores McMonagle December 07, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I have my caller ID set up so that people who have blocked numbers can't get through. I think that if people activate that feature they won't get the calls.

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