Police say a national fake kidnapping scam has hit Southern California


Jo Kwon spoke to Santa Ana police about the string of recent fake kidnapping scams where a family member was involved. 

A mother got a text from her son's phone saying that her son was dead. The next day she received another text saying he was not dead but he was being held captive until she could pay a ransom. She received pictures of knives and blades as well as a text describing where to drop off the money.  

Investigators discovered that it was her own son trying to extort her for money. 

The other two cases played out similarly but they involved teenagers trying to get money from their parents. 

Officers advise that if you get a suspicious phone call like this you should verify the whereabouts of your loved one and contact the police. 


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