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Port St Lucie police warn residents to beware of kidnapping scam

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Port St. Lucie police issued a warning Friday to residents to be aware of a scam that involves a bogus report of a kidnapped child.

Officers on Thursday responded to a PNC Bank located at 3275 SW Darwin Blvd. after a possible kidnapping.  

Police met with the victim, who stated she received a phone call and heard a hysterical woman on the other line. 

An unknown man then began to speak, informing the victim he kidnapped her daughter and wanted all funds removed from the victim’s bank. 

While driving to her bank the alert victim called her daughter, who was at home and safe.  While at her bank the victim called 911 and asked police to respond to her location. 

The unknown man called the victim, who then gave the telephone to the police officer.  The unknown man, still believing he was speaking with the victim, informed the officer that her daughter would be dropped off in a white Escalade. 

Several minutes later, police said the man called back and instructed the victim to wire $990 to Mexico.  Again the victim gave the phone to the police officer, who instructed the unknown man to cease all future contact with the victim.

Police remind residents to beware and vigilant of this kidnapping scam.  There were two additional calls with similar circumstances that were received by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.  If you receive a phone call like this, call 911.    

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