DARIEN, Conn. -- Darien police are asking the public to be aware of a telephone scam where the victims are told that a family member is the subject of a kidnapping or hostage scenario.
A couple came to Darien Police Headquarters on Aug. 21 reporting that their daughter was being held for ransom.
The caller was still on the phone with the couple at the time. He claimed to be at the scene of a car accident and told them their daughter had struck a vehicle belonging to his brother who was a wanted “gang member.” The caller said the brother was holding their daughter at gunpoint and demanded a sum of $800 to pay for the vehicle damage.
The couple was directed to stay on the phone and drive directly to an ATM machine. It is believed that the caller planned to have the parents wire these funds from a Walmart in a neighboring jurisdiction.
The call was eventually ended and the couple subsequently learned that the daughter had not been involved in an accident or abducted.
The callers may have some personal information regarding the family member, making the phone call seem legitimate.
Local media reports from states along the East Coast are reporting similar variations of this scam.
Please visit the Darien Police Departments website at http://www.darienpolice.org for information regarding these and other types of scams being reported to us.