Rio Grande City Police Report Virtual Kidnapping Calls

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RIO GRANDE CITY--The Rio Grande City police department is reporting a number of virtual kidnapping calls.

This is how a virtual kidnapping call works. The person at the other end will call you and say one of your relatives is in jail or they'll pretend to be a relative creating a scenario like a car accident. The goal is trick you into believing it so you'll hand over money.

It's not just Rio Grande City police department that's reporting these calls. CHANNEL 5 NEWS did a story last month about a virtual kidnapping scheme in San Benito.

The San Benito police department said if you receive a phone call claiming to be a family member who needs money, ask the caller personal questions including the last time you were together, the last family reunion and names of other family members. Be sure to report the crime to your local police department.


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