By Kuhl, Nick on February 28, 2020.
Lethbridge Police are advising residents to be wary of a kidnapping/ransom phone scam making the rounds.
On Tuesday, police say two residents reported receiving suspicious phone calls from an overseas number. The first recipient did not answer the call that appeared to originate from Jordan, LPS officials said in a news release Thursday.
The second recipient answered, heard a female scream and was told by a male that her daughter had been kidnapped before the line disconnected. The investigation determined multiple people in Calgary received similar calls from Jordan numbers the same day, police say.
LPS says the kidnapping/ransom scam typically begins with a phone call alleging a family member has been kidnapped or is being held captive. Often screams can be heard in the background.
Callers will typically demand cash – usually via wire transfer – to ensure the safe return of the victim, police say. Police advise anyone who receives such a call not to comply with the caller’s demands, never give out personal information over the phone and report suspicious phone calls to police.