| FRAUD ALERT |
Fraud Detectives would like to warn the public about a telephone scam targeting local citizens.
Fraud Detectives have received several recent reports in which a suspect calls the victim and claims they have kidnapped a family member and demands money. The scammer goes on to state the citizen must immediately conduct an electronic money transfer in order to prevent harm to the family member. The scammer may even know personal information, such as names, of the victim and other family members. In some instances, background noise may be produced in an attempt to indicate a family member is indeed present and in immediate danger. This scam is not unique to the Fayetteville area and has been reported across the country.
The scammer is very demanding and may provide instructions to stay on the phone until they receive the money transfer. We encourage citizens to utilize another phone line, if possible, to call 911. Otherwise, if you are in the company of friends or family, have them call 911 from another room. Alternatively, you may text 911 as well. If texting, be sure the first thing you provide in the text box is your current address. Call if you can, text if you can’t.
This is the latest version of a reoccurring scam. Con-artists are constantly varying their techniques in order to separate victims from their hard earned money. Always be wary of anyone requesting your personal information or trying to solicit money, especially during unsolicited telephone calls.
If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, detectives are encouraging you to come forward with information.
Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Fraud Unit at (910) 433-1885.