Two ‘virtual kidnappings’ in California: Parents were asked to wire money to Mexico, but kids were never abducted

Associated Press
Two ‘virtual kidnappings’ in California: Parents were asked to wire money to Mexico, but kids were never abducted

Police in a seaside California city have alerted local schools to two “virtual kidnap” cases in 24 hours. Laguna Beach police say victims received phone calls claiming their daughters had been kidnapped and would be harmed unless money was wired to a Mexican bank account, the Orange County Register reported Saturday. Authorities in the community about 57 miles (92 kilometers) south of Los Angeles say they have contacted the Laguna Beach Unified School District as well as local private schools to warn parents of the scam.