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Scammers add fear to their bag of tricks

KINGMAN - Scammers looking to separate Mohave County residents from their cash have gone from preying on the gullible to striking fear into the hearts of their victims.

This time, the FBI has been notified.

The Bullhead City Police Department issued a warning last week after a man called a woman on Tuesday and reportedly told her that "if she wanted to see her son again, she must go to the bank and not call police," according to BCPD spokeswoman Emily Fromelt.

The voice of a younger male came on the line and told the woman he was "scared and didn't know where he was," she said.

The woman did call Bullhead City police, who checked on her son and found him safe and sound and in attendance at a local high school.

The caller didn't get any money and the FBI was notified of the incident, said Fromelt.

She offered these tips on how to detect a scam - the vast majority of which do not use a bogus kidnapping to extort money:

• You are threatened if you do not send money or give personal information.

• You are asked to wire money to another country or the caller is located outside of the country.

• You are told there is an urgency to immediately send money.

• You are asked to "fill in the blanks" for people snooping for information.

"Always verify a family member's whereabouts if you receive a phone call stating they are in trouble or are in need of money," said Fromelt.

A similar ploy, known as the "grandparent scam," is when a caller pretends to be your grandchild and states they are in jail, or were in an accident, and need you to send money, she said.

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