You might get a call from someone claiming that a loved one of yours has been kidnapped. During such kidnap scam calls, you might hear someone screaming or crying in the background for effect.
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR
- If you know that your loved one is in an very unlikely position to have been kidnapped, this is likely to be a scam
- Scammers might claim to know your loved ones' names, but they may refuse to give descriptive details
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
- Remain calm and ask the caller to identify the kidnapped person
- Do not transfer money to the caller
- Contact your loved one immediately to confirm their safety and whereabouts; this can be done while still on the phone with the 'kidnapper'
- Call the Police at '999' immediately to report the case
Source: Scam Alert Singapore