Scammers now 'virtually kidnapping' children

The FBI says these plots to make parents think their children are being abducted are becoming more common.
1:31 | 03/19/17

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Back now with a frightening new scam that happened to this family. An elaborate plot to think your child has been abducted. It's called a virtual kidnapping. The FBI saying it's becoming more and more common. Here's Marci Gonzalez. Reporter: Tonight, a warning about the new twist on a terrifying kidnapping scam. I just froze. My eyes started tearing up. Reporter: 16-year-old Reilly Ferguson says she got a call from a con artist, claiming to be a paramedic. They had a young male who was in a fatal car accident and could not be identified. Reporter: Panicked, she described her brother, telling the scammer his name, the kind of car he drove, and shared her father's name and phone number. Then her dad got the call. The scammer using those personal details he'd just conned out of Reilly to convince don Ferguson his son was being held hostage and demanding money. He told me if I dropped this call that he was gonna kill my son. Reporter: The FBI says these virtual kidnappings are happening across the country with alarming frequency. And Ferguson was suspicious, immediately calling his son's cell phone and learning he was in fact safe. A great tactic, according to experts. Also, if you get a call like that, be sure to ask detailed questions. Give him a question only the person can know, and if they can't come back with that answer, you know it's a hoax. Reporter: Scammers also use social media to get details one more reason to limit how much personal information you post. Tom? Marci, thank you. Still ahead, it sounds like

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