JUNE 21, 2017
TO: ALL MEDIA OUTLETS
FROM: SHERIFF LELAND FALCON
SUBJECT: VIRTUAL KIDNAPPING PHONE
Assumption Parish Sheriff Leland Falcon is cautioning
residents of a phone scam that has affected numerous people in area parishes.
The Sheriff says that virtual kidnapping is a phone
scam where the caller tries to convince the victim that a loved one has been
kidnapped and will be harmed unless a ransom is paid.
The scam is nationwide and in many cases children can
be heard crying and asking for help.
In a Virginia case, a mother was called and told her
daughter had been kidnapped, then wired the scammers $10,000.
The FBI is also investigating.
you receive one of these calls contact your local Sheriff’s Office at (985)
369-2912 and do not send any money.
For additional information concerning this News
Release, contact Sheriff Leland Falcon or Commander Lonny Cavalier at