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Prescott Valley Resident Recently Received A Kidnapping Phone Scam

A Prescott Valley resident recently received a call that one of their loved ones had been kidnapped. The suspect advised the resident not to call the police or he would kill the gentleman’s wife. A woman could be heard screaming in the background. Regardless of the initial contact, this is a scam and they usually follow the same protocol. The suspect demands to stay on the phone and payment is expected, usually in the form of gift cards or bitcoin. The suspect will want to stay on the phone while the victim goes to the store or bank to arrange payment of the ransom. In this case, Prescott Valley Police say the victim was brave and contacted police through another channel. When the officer arrived, she contacted the victim’s wife and verified that she was safe. Once the suspect realized that his scam was not going to go through, he hung up. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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Hava Herzog

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