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YCSO WARNS PUBLIC OF KIDNAPPING SCAM CALLS: FAMILY OF 8-YEAR-OLD GIRL TARGETED

YAVAPAI COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO A 911 CALL FROM A MOTHER ON MONDAY WHO REPORTED SHE RECEIVED A PHONE CALL FROM A MAN STATING HE HAD KIDNAPPED HER 8-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER WHILE SHE WAS WAITING FOR HER SCHOOL BUS IN PRESCOTT VALLEY.


THE MOTHER SAID THE MAN WAS YELLING IN SPANISH AND DEMANDED MONEY FROM THE FAMILY, OR HE WOULD HURT HER DAUGHTER. AT ONE POINT HE PUT WHAT SOUNDED LIKE A LITTLE GIRL ON THE PHONE. THE CALLER ATTEMPTED TO GET FAMILY MEMBERS TO BRING HIM MONEY AT A LOCAL WALMART BEFORE THE MOTHER HUNG UP ON HIM AND CALLED 911.


YCSO DEPUTIES WERE ABLE TO CONFIRM THAT THE CHILD WAS SAFE AND IN CLASS AT SCHOOL. THE GIRL INDICATED THAT NO ONE HAD APPROACHED HER EITHER BEFORE OR DURING SCHOOL. DEPUTIES FOUND THAT THE NUMBER FROM WHICH THE SUSPECT CALLED DID NOT EXIST SO THERE WAS NO WAY TO TRACK HIM DOWN.


DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO A SIMILAR CALL IN LATE MARCH IN THE BLACK CANYON CITY AREA, WHERE A MAN SPEAKING ENGLISH WITH AN HISPANIC ACCENT MADE SIMILAR THREATS AND DEMANDED MONEY, BUT THE PERSON IN THIS CASE DID NOT HAVE ANY CHILDREN SO WAS ABLE TO IDENTIFY IT AS A SCAM RIGHT AWAY.


YCSO URGES EVERYONE TO BE AWARE OF THESE SCAMS AND USE CAUTION WHEN RECEIVING CALLS OR MESSAGES ABOUT KIDNAPPING AND DEMANDS FOR MONEY. DO NOT AUTOMATICALLY PRESUME IT IS A SCAM - REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS CALLS TO YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT IMMEDIATELY. 


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