PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – Police in the city are asking residents to stay aware of a scam that is happening in the local area. Imagine being at home and receiving a phone call telling you that your child has been kidnapped. That is what happened to a Port St. Lucie woman last week.
Police Officers responded to PNC Bank on Thursday. The bank is located on SW Darwin Boulevard. Officers were alerted to a potential kidnapping by the victim’s mother.
The woman called police after receiving a phone call on her cell phone while she was driving. The first thing that the woman was able to hear was screaming. A male she was not familiar with then began to talk to her, telling her that he had taken her daughter and wanted the woman to drain her bank account for a ransom.
In her panicked state, the woman still had the thought to try to call her daughter’s phone. She reached the girl who was at home and safe. The woman stopped in a clinic before going to the bank and asked that the woman behind the desk call 911. On the 911 tape, the woman can be heard saying, “She wants an officer to come out. She says she checked on her daughter, her daughter is fine at home.” The dispatcher responded, telling the woman that it was a familiar scam.
Police arrived on scene and the woman was still receiving phone calls. The woman handed over her phone to an officer who told the man to cease contact. The scam has been taking place for at least the past week, and officers are well aware of what has been happening.
Law enforcement is urging anyone who receives a similar call to dial 911 immediately.
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