Wise County

‘Virtual kidnapping’ scam terrifies Wise County mother


WISE COUNTY – It was reported in Wise County that a woman recently fell victim to a scam known as “virtual kidnapping” when someone contacted her demanding money for her allegedly kidnapped 19-year-old daughter.

Officials stated that deputies and investigators met with the teenager’s mother who told them the call came from a Mexico number and the suspected kidnapper had briefly put the daughter on the phone.

The mother was said to be terrified and attempted to call her daughter’s phone but there was no answer.

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office contacted the college where the daughter attended and learned that she was safe in class taking a test.

If anyone receives a call like this, you are advised to immediately contact your local law enforcement.

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