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BOULDER - Boulder Police are warning residents of a scam where a victim is called and told a
loved one has been kidnapped.
According to police, a Boulder man received a call from a phone number originating in Mexico.
The unidentified caller told the man that a group had kidnapped his daughter and were holding her hostage until he agreed to give them money.
The caller put a woman on the phone who was yelling, crying and saying she had been kidnapped. The man thought the voice sounded like his daughter, so he sent $1,500 through Western Union to an account in Mexico.
After the transaction was complete, the man learned his daughter had not been kidnapped or threatened.
Police give these tips if you receive a call from someone demanding money for a kidnapped love one:
- Try to slow the situation down. Request to speak to the victim directly. Ask, “How do I know my loved one is okay?”
- If the person doesn’t let you speak to the victim, ask the caller to describe the victim.
- Listen carefully to the voice of the kidnapped victim, if he or she speaks.
- Attempt to call, text, or contact the victim via social media. Request that the victim call back from his or her cell phone.
- While staying on the line with alleged kidnappers, try to call the alleged kidnap victim from another phone.
- To buy time, repeat the caller’s request and say that you are writing down the demand, or tell the caller you need time to get things moving.
- Don’t directly challenge or argue with the caller. Keep your voice low and steady.
Anyone with information on the scam or possible suspects should call the Boulder Police Department at 303-441-3333.
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