FBI Warns Of Virtual Kidnapping Schemes In Texas

HOUSTON (August 29, 2014) The Houston FBI was warning the public Friday about so-called virtual kidnapping schemes in which a telephone caller demands ransom for the return of a family member or friend when no actual kidnapping has taken place.

The perpetrators may be targeting medical professionals, including doctors and dentists, the FBI said.

In the past few weeks the FBI says it has fielded calls from medical professionals in the Houston area who were targeted.

In June and July, the FBI got multiple reports from medical professionals in McAllen, Laredo, Brownsville and Del Rio.

The FBI says that although callers will lead victims to believe they are being watched or were personally targeted, they’re actually making hundreds of calls in hopes that some of those targeted will fall for the scam.