Latest Scam Targets Parents With Phony Ransom Demands

Con artists are calling homes claiming they have kidnapped their children.
1:47 | 11/21/14

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And that scam we were talking about. This is kind of terrifying. Targeting parents, con artists saying they have kidnapped your son or daughter. And with amazing threats they follow up with. Millions of Americans falling victim to this fraud every year. And Neal Karlinsky has the story. Reporter: It was 11:00 A.M. When Louann and Betty Ann's world was shattered with a single phone call. He said do you have a daughter or a son, yes, I have a daughter. There's been a terrible accident. I think my daughter is laying in a highway somewhere. Reporter: And then an unexpected and more frightening turn. Then his demeanor changed. Now you wait a minute. She was white as a ghost. We have her at gunpoint and we're going to kill her if you don't give me $1700. Reporter: They were on the receiving end in the latest technique of a low tech phone scam. Con artists claiming to have kidnapped a loved one to make you pay up. 25 million Americans lose more than $2.5 billion to fraud each year. And phone scams, which account for a big chunk of that have been surprisingly successful for decades. Doug of the aarp has interviewed dozens of con artists. We and the same we, the strategy for defrauding people? Get them under the ether, you're no longer acting racial iing rationally, but emotionally. Reporter: Their daughter is fine, by the way. But very angry. Who are you to do this to my mother? Reporter: For "Good morning America," Neal Karlinsky, ABC news, tooelgts Seattle.

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