Alleged phone scammer demands ransom money from city mother

Published: 5/28/2017 3:47:27 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Phone scams reached a new level over the weekend, when police said a scammer called a city mother demanding ransom money in exchange for her captive son. 

A 63-year-old woman living in the Walter Salvo Apartments, 81 Conz St., received a call from a man claiming to have kidnapped her son around 8 p.m. Saturday, according to police.

Police said the caller requested money in exchange for the woman’s son, with whom the caller claimed to have worked. The caller threatened to kill the woman’s son if she did not come up with the money. She hung up the phone and immediately called her son, who proved to be safe.

Northampton Police Detective Jared LaValle said phone scams are a consistent nuisance and can take different forms. Some perpetrators pretend to be a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, he said, while others casually introduce themselves as family members and wait for the victim to guess their name. 

LaValle said the incident Saturday was the first of its kind for the department. 


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