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The Apache Junction Police Department would like to caution residents and visitors of another fraudulent way that crooks are out to rip you off. This time they use a highly-charged, emotional situation that can overwhelm someone if you are not careful—a fake kidnapping claim. This has been occurring in other parts of the country, but there was a recent report to local authorities.
An Apache Junction man said that he and his wife were driving away from their home when they received a telephone call from someone who said that she was their adult daughter. The woman was crying and told the man that she had been kidnapped and taken in a vehicle. A Hispanic adult man got on the phone and told the victim that he should follow his instructions so that no harm would come to his daughter. The suspect demanded all of the man’s money that he could get ahold of immediately.
The suspect asked the victim’s location and said that he could see the victim’s vehicle. The victim went to his bank and was given instructions to wire the money to a location in Mexico. The victim lost less than a $1,000. Eventually he was able locate and speak to his actual daughter, who was not in jeopardy.
We caution the public to this potential threat. If you have questions about any scams or other criminal concerns, please call the Community Resource Unit at (480) 474-5442.