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FEATURE NEWS

If They Call And Say
They Kidnapped Your Kid
Don't automatically buy into the story

March 14, 2018



Chronicle staff

(SEATTLE, WA.) -- On the morning of Thursday March 8th a Ravensdale area mom dropped her two kids off at the school bus as per usual on a school day morning.

A short time after the bus left, this mom gets a phone call from "a blocked number," says the King County Sheriff's office.

The guy on the other end doing the calling is described as having an accent. What he said next is designed to send a chill down the spine of any parent and to make their mind swirl, instill panic and take them way off their game. The element of surprise. The attacker owns it.

This guy tells the mom he had her daughter in his possession, that she'd been kidnapped. He even used her real name, although he had her last name slightly off.

He told the mom that if she didn’t meet him with money in exchange for her daughter’s release he would “kill the child," said a statement released Tuesday by the sheriff's office. In a panic, the mom calls the school and finds out that, thank God, both her daughters were in school and safe.

What was that all about? The sheriff's office says it's a new scam that has surfaced in the area in a span of just four days. The caller claiming to have kidnapped a child or children in this phone scam is either a man or a younger sounding female. The caller tells the parent he or she won't see their kid or kids again without springing for some ransom money.

Four days after the Ravensdale mom incident, on March 12th in unincorporated King County near White Center, a father received a phone call also from a blocked number.

This time, "A younger sounding female came on the line pretending to be the daughter of that father," said the sheriff's office statement. "The female stated she was kidnapped and the suspect needed money to release her. The male suspect, again described as having an accent, then got on the phone and demanded money from the father or he “would hurt her”.

The suspect then hung up on the father and the number was blocked so he had no way to call back. The father called his daughter’s school and, once again, was assured the child was safe at school with no issues.

The sheriff's office, in an alert issued Tuesday about this crime says, "Please keep in mind these type of phone calls are SCAMS and never provide money to anyone over the phone. The parents did the right thing in these instances, confirmed with the school their kids were OK and called 911 to report it. "





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