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The city of Weston has issued a warning on hoax abduction calls in our city, there have been three reported calls.
La ciudad de Weston ha emitido una advertencia sobre tres reportes de secuestros virtuales en nuestra ciudad.
 
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There have been three reported hoax abduction calls in Weston, regarding supposedly abducted juveniles who each attend Cypress Bay High School. Each time, the caller demanded money to be wired to an account in Puerto Rico. 

The call is terrifying for a parent or family member. The recent scenarios involve a caller with a Spanish accent, stating they have abducted the son or daughter. The caller places someone that is screaming/crying on the phone but then takes the phone back before they are identifiable. The caller makes a ransom demand or other demand for payment. 

The FBI has seen this hoax around the country. 

TIPS

  • Stay Calm. Try to slow the situation down. 
  • Do not share names. It is likely they do not know you or your loved one.
  • Proof of Life. Request to speak to the victim directly.
  • Confirm Loved Ones Whereabouts. Try and reach your loved one on another phone or social media.
  • Do Not Send Money or Meet with caller.
  • Call 9-1-1 

Transcripción:

En Weston se han reportado tres llamadas de secuestros virtuales, los afectados y supuestos secuestrados son menores de edad,  que asisten a Cypress Bay High School. En cada ocación, la persona que llamaba demandaba que se le transfiriera dinero a una cuenta en Puerto Rico.

La llamada es aterradora para un padre o miembro de la familia. Los incidentes recientes implican una persona con acento español, afirmando que han secuestrado al hijo o hija. Esta persona le coloca el teléfono a alguien que está gritando / llorando, pero luego retoma el teléfono nuevamente antes de que sean identificables las supuestas víctimas.Luego el secuestrador hace una demanda de rescate u otra demanda de pago.

El FBI ha visto esta este modum operandi alrededor del país.

CONSEJOS:

  • Mantenga la calma. Trate de calmar la situación.
  • No comparta nombres. Es probable que no te conozcan a ti o a tu ser querido.
  • Prueba de vida. Solicite hablar directamente con la víctima.
  • Confirmar el paradero de los seres queridos. Trate de llegar a su ser querido en otro teléfono o medios sociales.
  • No envíe dinero ni se reúna con la persona que llama.
  • Llame al 9-1-1
 

Source: The City of Weston

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