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Residents report ‘virtual kidnapping’ threats

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The Roswell Police Department wants to make the public aware of scam calls in which the caller claims to be holding someone hostage and demands money.

RPD was made aware of two separate instances Friday involving local families who had each received a phone call from someone claiming to have their daughter hostage.

The caller said the daughter would end up dead if the family did not meet the caller’s demand for money, according to a press release issued by RPD.

In at least one of these calls, the caller claimed to be a drug dealer.

In each of these instances, the family receiving the threatening call was able to personally and immediately verify the whereabouts and safety of their daughter, so they were able to confirm the call was a hoax.

There is limited information to pursue at this time, but RPD will investigate the matter as much as possible based on any further information that can be developed, according to the press release.

These local incidents are in line with a trend the FBI identified earlier this year as taking place in a variety of locations.

The FBI dubbed the calls “virtual kidnapping.”