OXFORD, Miss. — Oxford Police are warning people about a phone scam where the person on the other end of the phone claims to have abducted a family member for ransom.
Hundreds of people across the country have fallen victim to this scam, paying more than $30,000 combined to scammers.
The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South is now offering tips to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.
“You get something like that, it’s very emotional, and you just react. As a parent, I would as well. If I think something is wrong with my child, there is nothing I won’t do,” said Daniel Irwin with the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South.
The Oxford Police Department has warned people of the scam.
Investigators said when you answer, a small child screams “Mommy,” then someone who sounds like a Hispanic man demands something for their return.