Mexico City Authorities Warn of New Kidnapping Method

Posted on July 26, 2011 • Filed under: Crime, Mexico, Organized Crime, TRAVEL

The Mexico City Attorney General’s Office (PGJDF) is investigating a new form of extortion, known as “virtual kidnapping,” El Informador reports. The practice involves calling a victim to get them out of their house or work, then keeping them isolated through threats while demanding money from family members. Extortionists will make victims purchase more credits for the criminals’ cell phones and the victim can never hang up for fear of retaliation. The calls can last hours. The PGJDF is beginning a campaign to warn citizens and visitors of the schemes. Read Article

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