The National Police and Civil Guard have warned of an upsurge so-called ‘virtual kidnappings’, a crime in which, via a phone call, the caller makes the recipient believe he has kidnapped a relative or a friend and quickly demands a sum of money for the release, when in fact it is a lie.
To increase the family’s anguish and effect the transaction more quickly, the offenders fake the voice of the person they say they have kidnapped and their cries for help, requesting their release through money transfers.
Usually the calls are from hidden numbers, or with a prefix from abroad. The callers are very aggressive and direct. The amounts requested by the kidnappers range from 2,000 to 10,000 euros.