'Virtual kidnapping' scam prompts warning from North Vancouver RCMP

North Vancouver RCMP are warning people about a potential scam where someone claims to have kidnapped a loved one and demands a ransom.

Mounties are warning the public after a “virtual kidnapping” scam surfaced in North Vancouver, sending one resident into a panic.

According to police, the victim was called Tuesday by someone claiming to have kidnapped his wife. The caller demanded a ransom be paid by e-transfer or the woman would be harmed.

Software was used to make call look like it came from his wife’s phone and a woman could be heard pretending to be the man’s wife in the background, RCMP said in a Wednesday news release.

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“Our officers worked quickly to locate the victim’s spouse ensuring her safety. It was determined that the kidnapping was a hoax,” said Const. Mansoor Sahak in the release.

“We treat these types of investigations as serious until such time we have information that it’s not a real kidnapping. These investigations are complex and draw in a lot of resources.”

RCMP are warning anyone who receives such a call not to comply with the fraudster’s demands or provide any personal information. Residents are encouraged to hang up, inform their local police department, or call 911 in an emergency.

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