By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Someone living in Mexico made hundreds of kidnapping scam calls to people with area code 724, according to the FBI.
The Pittsburgh FBI warned of the scam on Tuesday, saying its investigation found people in Mexico were scanning social media for people traveling in the southwestern border area. The alleged scammers were then calling loved ones of the traveler, claiming that the traveler was in danger or had been kidnapped, demanding money as soon as possible, the FBI said.
The FBI is reminding people never to give out any financial information to someone you don’t know over the phone and asking people to change their family members about the scam, especially if they old.
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“Many times, these scammers are convincing, and their actions are criminal. The experience is traumatic for the victims, especially since these scammers sound so real,” the FBI said in a press release.
The FBI says it is working with other state, local, federal and international law enforcement agencies to find and arrest those behind the hoax.
Anyone who receives one of these calls, even if they haven’t given money to the scammers, is asked to file a complaint. here or by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI.
Jessica Guay will have more of this story on KDKA Evening News.
https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2022/01/18/fbi-hoax-kidnapping-scam-724-area-cods/ FBI warns of Hoax kidnapping scam Targeting 724 area codes – CBS Pittsburgh