Police warn of phone scammers claiming to have kidnapped loved ones

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach Police Department is warning the public about a scam in which someone calls and claims to have kidnapped a loved one.

According to a post on the Myrtle Beach Police Department's Facebook page, the caller states that unless they are sent money, the loved one will be harmed.

"The scammer will provide a short time limit to have the money sent to them, utilizing time and fear to victimize you," the post reads.

The FBI has provided a number of tips to avoid becoming a victim of this scam. They include simply hanging up the phone in most cases, asking to speak to the family member the caller claims to have kidnapped, and avoiding sharing personal information.

For those who suspect a real kidnapping has taken place, of if they believe a ransom demand is a scheme, they should contact their local law enforcement agency.

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