Morton County sheriff warns of kidnapping scam

February 1, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Morton County sheriff’s officials have issued a warning about a fake kidnapping and ransom scam.

The sheriff’s department received a report Thursday from a Bismarck woman who said she received a call from a Florida phone number and that there was a man in the background saying he was being physically assaulted. The caller said the woman’s son had been kidnapped and she needed to wire $5,000.

The Bismarck Tribune says the woman’s son lives in Florida so she believed the call was legitimate. There’s no word on whether she provided the money. Her son was later contacted and is fine.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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