Virtual kidnapping scam targets Central Texas woman
A Temple woman targeted in what police call a virtual kidnapping scam received a text that said her son had been in a terrible accident and was now being held at gunpoint for ransom.
Kimberly Garcia received the text Sunday morning while having coffee with her husband.
The text read: "A family member of yours has been involved in a serious car accident can you please call this number"
Garcia’s son, Christopher, was on his way from Temple to work in Austin and the weather was bad, so she immediately assumed the worst and dialed the number.
The man who answered had an even more chilling message for her.
"He starts yelling at me cursing at me and telling me that he had an accident with my son and it was my son’s fault and that his 10-year-old son was hurt seriously," Garcia said.
The man said he had her son’s phone and told her that she she tried to call him, Christopher would be shot.
"That's when it really started to settle in," Kimberly’s husband, George said.
Garcia said the scammer told her to take $500 to H-E-B to make a wire transfer.
But before she was able to do that, George Garcia got in touch with his daughter-in-law and determined that his son was safe and at a meeting at work.
Authorities are warning residents who get such texts or calls to call police.