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Dec 8, 2022 - 2:21:35 PM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

28235 posts since 8/3/2003

At least it is in our area.

Scammers call and say they have kidnapped your (insert niece, nephew, grandkid) and they want "x" amount of dollars in ransom from you or you'll never see your loved one again. And they want you to stay on the phone, go to the bank, get the money and send it via Western Union or some such money place.

Yesterday several people actually fell for this scam, went to the bank and luckily, told the teller what was going on. Teller called the police and police intercepted the call and the scam.

Several people at other banks weren't so lucky. They lost thousands.

I find it hard to believe that anyone would fall for such a scam, but there are gullible people.

Doubt anyone here would be fooled, but I posted this just in case you know someone who might fall for such nonsense.

Here's what our local paper printed about the scam:

 Tuesday, the Police Department responded to two local banks in reference to a possible robbery.

In both cases, investigation found that a robbery had not occurred but that multiple people had fallen victim to the kidnapping ransom scam. OPD has recently received several reports in reference to fraudulent ransom scams. Citizens have reported receiving calls from someone advising that their family member was being held captive and demanded to be paid a ransom for the family member’s release.

The scammer orders the person receiving the call to stay on the phone until the ransom is paid. In some cases, the call may appear to be coming from the phone number of the alleged kidnapped person, but the scammer won’t let you speak to the person or hear their voice.The Police Department would like to remind the public that should someone receive a phone call in reference to this scam, to please not pay any money or provide any personal information.

Simply hang up and call the family member immediately. Also, notify the  Police Department immediately with the caller’s phone number and any names associated with the call.

It is also recommended that to prevent these types of scam calls, people should make their social media accounts private and revisit information that may be public on social media accounts.

Edited by - Texasbanjo on 12/08/2022 14:26:14

Dec 8, 2022 - 2:47:09 PM
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3186 posts since 4/7/2010

I like the police advice of "hang up and call the person immediately". I can can hear my son saying "yes dad, I've been kidnaped by the C-6 tuning on a lap steel guitar. I can't escape."

Thanks for posting. It's a new one on me.

Bob Smakula

Dec 8, 2022 - 4:22:54 PM
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RV6

USA

1479 posts since 2/3/2012

Several years ago, I got a call on my cell identifying as "Okmulgee Oklahoma Police Department" and the voice on the phone said, "Hi, grandpa.  I'm in trouble here with the police and need you to send me some bail money right away.  I'm scared to be in jail."

I'm thinking, "this will be fun".   I said (and I'll clean it up as this is a family site), "you little ***, you're in trouble again?   You worthless piece of ****, I told you the last time this happened that that was the last time I'd bail you out.  You can just stay there and serve your time and never, ever call me again!  I"m done with you"  and I hung up.  Yes, I'm a bad grandpasad

At the time, my twin grandson's were around 5 years old so -----

Dec 8, 2022 - 11:13:42 PM

Paul R

Canada

16369 posts since 1/28/2010

My cousin and her husband were victims of the "in jail" scam. The thing is, they just could have called my brother up and learned that he wasn't in jail. They are even in the same city.

We've had lots of "We're Canada Revenue Agency and you owe us tax and you're going to be sued" calls. We just hang up.

Edited by - Paul R on 12/08/2022 23:15:00

Dec 9, 2022 - 4:55:07 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

28235 posts since 8/3/2003

quote:
Originally posted by RV6

Several years ago, I got a call on my cell identifying as "Okmulgee Oklahoma Police Department" and the voice on the phone said, "Hi, grandpa.  I'm in trouble here with the police and need you to send me some bail money right away.  I'm scared to be in jail."

I'm thinking, "this will be fun".   I said (and I'll clean it up as this is a family site), "you little ***, you're in trouble again?   You worthless piece of ****, I told you the last time this happened that that was the last time I'd bail you out.  You can just stay there and serve your time and never, ever call me again!  I"m done with you"  and I hung up.  Yes, I'm a bad grandpasad

At the time, my twin grandson's were around 5 years old so -----


I've gotten several of those type calls.  I let them talk a little bit, act like I'm going to take the bait and then tell them:  "Well, now I have your telephone number and can call the authorities on you".    Needless to say, they hang up quickly. 

Dec 9, 2022 - 7:00:58 PM

WesB

USA

493 posts since 12/17/2014

I engage the scammers as long as I can. Doesn't cost me anything and provides a little entertainment on slow days. I do the same with sales calls. Really fun when you tell the solar power salesman that you have 47 tons of coal to use up before you can even think about going solar. Or tell him about the 150 kw nuclear reactor that you picked up war surplus. When a scammer tells me to turn on the computer so I can help him log in, I tell him it will take a while to get the steam boiler running. It can go on for quite a while before they hang up.

Dec 9, 2022 - 7:45:40 PM

Owen

Canada

12324 posts since 6/5/2011

Wes: "I tell him it will take a while to get the steam boiler running."

We were shopping today, and my wife had a question for the dude stocking the meat coolers. He gave us the info and then added that if we had such-and-such an app. on our phone we could save an additional $3 on a particular item.   I mentioned that our phone* was at home, nailed to the wall. I think I saw his eyes rolling as he turned away.

* = We do have an older smart (?) phone, but only use it when we're traveling.

Edited by - Owen on 12/09/2022 19:46:32

Dec 9, 2022 - 11:28:41 PM
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Paul R

Canada

16369 posts since 1/28/2010

Our neighbour, Bob, got one of those computer service scam calls. Bob informed the guy that his computer tech, Angus, said such-and-such to him. He kept the guy on the line for quite some time before finally giving him the gears.

Angus was our dog, and Bob doesn't have a computer.

Bob's computer tech:


Dec 10, 2022 - 8:19:17 AM

WesB

USA

493 posts since 12/17/2014

I figure that, by stalling him for a while, you are keeping him from scamming someone else, not to mention wasting his time. It won't happen but, if everyone did that, the scammers would soon give up.

Dec 10, 2022 - 3:26:29 PM

60020 posts since 12/14/2005

I love wasting scammer's time.
Even have a script prepared for the "Grampa, I'm in trouble" ones.

"Oh, Willie, that's AWFUL! I never expected to hear from YOU!"
(Which is absolutely true, since I have no LIVING relatives named Willie.)

Dec 10, 2022 - 3:41:22 PM
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grandpafive

Canada

3016 posts since 8/30/2014

I once told a carpet cleaning salesperson that I lived in a cave and had no use for carpets.

* He didn't ask how I got phone service.

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