Kidnapping phone scam reported to Mexico Public Safety

Mexico Department of Public Safety is warning residents against a phone scam where the caller claims a friend or family was kidnapped.

The caller says the family member or friend was kidnapped after a vehicle crash or witnessing a drug deal, according to a department news release.

The caller tries to get the resident to send money as ransom and in one instance convinced a resident to provide the phone number of the supposed victim, the release stated.

Public Safety is advising residents to not send money or provide information to the caller. Those who receive a similar call and are concerned about a person’s well-being should call that person directly, Public Safety or law enforcement where that person lives and ask for a well-being check.

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