Kissimmee police detectives are warning residents of a kidnapping scheme that continues to target Hispanic citizens.
Kissimmee police detectives have received approximately six reports since the beginning of February from citizens who have received a call in Spanish informing them that a family member has been involved in an accident and has been kidnapped. The caller is demanding ransom money from the citizen and threatens to further harm the family member if the demands are not met. The caller is instilling fear into the citizen demanding they stay on the phone or the family member will be killed.
Detectives warn people to remain calm should they receive such a call and contact the family member immediately to ensure they are safe. If you are unable to contact the family member call law enforcement immediately. Do not agree to provide ransom money or meet anyone to deliver ransom money.
Detectives are also asking the public to attempt to verify the caller's claim by requesting the name of the abducted family member. Even if you have verified your family member is safe, detectives are urging citizens to report the incident immediately.
Anyone with information on these types of calls is asked to contact the Kissimmee Police Department's Economic Crimes Unit at 407-846-3333, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).