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Attorney General: Kidnap calls are scam

Posted September 23, 2014

Domestic Violence

The North Carolina Attorney General's office warned Tuesday about a scam in which callers claim to have kidnapped a child in order to con people out of cash.

Some residents of the Triad reported the scam to the state, saying they got calls in which they could hear what sounded like a child in the background pleading for help.

The attorney general's office said callers provided detailed information about the alleged kidnap victim and have targeted even parents of grown children. The callers use fear to prompt parents to pay up before they even check if their child has really been kidnapped, the attorney general said.

Authorities advise anyone who gets such a call to hang up and check whether their child is safe before taking other action.

Kidnap calls and other scams can be reported online to the Attorney General's Office at ncdoj.gov.

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  • USMC Vet Sep 24, 2014

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    Bro has answered and pretends he's a husband whose wife is cheating on him, and the caller is the guy his wife is with. He gets irate, leaving the soliciter/scammer to stutter, and finally hang up. It's a dirty trick, but it's a hoot, and they deserve it since we're on all of the no-call lists and they call anyway.

  • Hoyt Armstrong Sep 24, 2014
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    so I TWC service,,,phone calls show up on my TV..I have been getting 0 or 00 as the number. I called TWC and they informed me that they sell a service to election folks and fire dept solicitors, Police and highway patrol solicitors, etc. and they cannot block them. So I have fun and answer the phone and pretend I am a child and they dont know what to do....it is really fun. I also answer as the Wake County Jail and ask them who they want to talk to...hahahahahah

  • nothx2 Sep 24, 2014

    Hummm, where did those scammers acquire the relationship information from? Not from social media sites like FB, MySpace...etc. I hope. So far I've been contacted by scammers who represented themselves as IRS agent (wanted me to provide information about my attorney), self-proclaimed computer expert (wanted to fix malware on my computer)...etc. Interesting thing is I pay AT&T extra to have my home-phone number unlisted. As far as other places where I did provide my home-phone number, I constantly receive "privacy notice about my personal information" from those companies which gave me the feeling those companies pledged that they won't sell my personal information (including my home-phone number of course). So where did those scammers even get my home-phone number from to begin with? Then I recall the news awhile back about DMV used to sell any driver's private information for a fee...Hummmm, how many institution/company is revenue-hungry nowadays - I wonder?

  • sinenomine Sep 24, 2014

    I agree with JUSTONEGODLESSTHANU. Please do call me, scammers! I will cooperate fully with the authorities and do everything I legally can to make sure that you rot in prison for the rest of your miserable lives.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Sep 24, 2014

    Attention Scammers: I will play along with your scam and you will go to jail. So, keep doing this and you'll have to make a real phone call for money to get yourself out of prison to save your own life.