Police investigate scam involving false kidnappings

JSO: Relative receives phone call stating loved one being held against their will

Published On: Mar 05 2014 04:16:54 PM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating after responding to two separate incidents of a false kidnapping.

Police said both incidents have similarities which include a relative receiving a phone call stating their loved one is being held against their will.

One or more individuals begin demanding money for their loved one to be let go. In the background, police said the relative can hear screaming and someone yelling for help.

Both alleged victims were searched for and located by police. Neither alleged victim had been kidnapped. JSO said they were both fine and knew nothing about the events that were taking place.

At this time, police have not been able to find any connection between the two alleged victims or people called. One incident occurred in Arlington and one on the Northside, according to JSO.

Anyone who has any information about this scam is asked to contact JSO at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. Police said to remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.