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Bend police warn of fake ‘kidnapping’ scam calls

Scam alert MGN
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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Bend police issued a public warning Monday after hearing from several people about scam calls regarding a fictitious “kidnapping” of a child, in exchange for money.

“The suspects are likely working and residing in another country,” as the calls are coming from international phone numbers, the department said in a Facebook posting.

The scammers are believed to do research through social media or other public information sites on the internet, police said.

They will provide information on the location or city of the child and say a child’s name, “to convince the person it is a real kidnapping,” police said.

The scammers then demand money, through money wire or gift cards.

Police advised those who get such calls to call or text your child to verify where they are, and that they are not in any danger. They also urged call recipients to report the incident to your local law enforcement agency.

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  1. What kind of absolute moron would ever fall for this type of “scam?” Yeah, I have your kid but I’ll give them back if you hook me up with a Walmart gift card…” If you fall for this, you deserve it

      1. That is a wild exaggeration about senior citizens Barney and also a crazy judgement. Go make a visit to the Bend Senior Center and tell the people they “physiologically become more trusting, less cynical like we all were in childhood…” WOW

        1. What, you think I just made it up in my head? I’ve read it several times in recent years:
          https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/30/aging-brains-become-less-able-to-detect-fraud.html
          https://www.marketplace.org/2019/05/16/brains-losses-aging-fraud-financial-scams-seniors/
          https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/why-older-people-fall-scams-its-all-brain-flna1C7397294
          None of these stories or studies are dissing seniors. I’m not far from 65 myself. But knowing what to watch for is important for those who care for us, and about us.
          It’s not a putdown or over-generalization. It’s just… one piece of the puzzle.

  2. ““The suspects are likely working and residing in another country,” as the calls are coming from international phone numbers, the department said in a Facebook posting.”

    – not necessarily

  3. Why are comments being closed on recent news stories? Who decides when they get closed. For example, the article on Trumps budget had 9 comments, all legitimate, before it was closed. What’s up Barney?

    1. As I have explained multiple times here, we at KTVZ NEVER close comments on CNN stories. It is a technical bug that is on the long list of things to address with our new platform, that about half or more don’t have comments turned on to start. What happens, just to make things worse, is that when CNN updates stories, the ones we’ve turned on manually… turn off again. As soon as someone gives me/us a URL or headline, we go back and turn them on again. It is in no way a political decision or one aimed at squelching discussion. It is a bug, one of many.

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