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Georgia woman warns about kidnapping phone scam
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Brandyn Reagan put in what she calls “9 minutes of agony” Wednesday night right after answering a simply call that her cellphone explained was from her mother.
“The mobile phone claimed ‘Mom” and it was her ring tone,” said Reagan.
But when she picked up the cellphone, she read a woman crying. “It sounded like my mom, and the girl appeared to be in distress,” claimed Reagan.
Then, Reagan claims a guy arrived on the cellphone and indicated he had her mother.
“That is just when the terror set in,” she said. “He told me he was going to blow her brains out if I called the law enforcement or if I freaked out and did not do what he reported.”
He preferred $2,500 via Venmo. She only experienced $500, so the gentleman said he would consider that.
All the when, she was inquiring if she could speak to her mom.
“I could listen to her crying louder in the qualifications and I mentioned, Alright, you have your funds, now depart.”
At the exact time, Regan’s boyfriend experienced been on the phone with her brother.
“He came in and explained, ‘I have your mother on the cellular phone and your brother,’ she’s safe and sound and this is a hoax,” Reagan explained.
WSAV spoke with her mother and she said her son experienced occur to her house Wednesday night and astonished her with the information that some thing was supposedly going on in her property.
“You know a lot of things that go by means of your head, you hear about fraud calls but I had never listened to of anything at all this mad or this terrifying,” said Regan.
Reagan’s contacts were stolen someway and then scammers spoofed the quantity creating it glance like it was coming from her mom. She experienced utilized Venmo earlier that working day.
“I did use Venmo that working day for a compact quantity of $75 dollars to a coworker,” she said. “So I do not know if that triggered it, I definitely never know how it happened. I do know this has occurred on the very same working day to two other coworkers.”
Reagan desires some others to be knowledgeable of this fraud. She suggests location up a code term with beloved ones, so if some thing happens you could be ready to notify if it seriously is your relative on the phone.
She also states even though she knows it was a lie, that the anxiety and concern she felt isn’t really likely aways
“You are unable to just say that it is really the subsequent day and we just go on,” Reagan mentioned. “It would not appear to be to get the job done that way.”
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