Redding police warn of fake kidnapping phone scam

May 26, 2015 5:16 PM by News Staff

A phone scam in which a caller claims to be holding a family member for ransom has made its way to the North State.

Redding police are warning residents about a scam involving a suspect who calls people from a blocked number and claims to have kidnapped a family member. The suspect will threaten to harm the family member unless the person on the other end of the phone pays the ransom.

Sergeant Maready says residents should call 911 if they receive similar phone calls. He says any victims of this scam should ensure their family members are safe and to not relent to the caller's demands.


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