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To Stop a Virtual Kidnapping, Keep Your Head

MIN READMar 10, 2016 | 08:00 GMT

Because they rely on emotional theatrics, virtual kidnappings can present victims with tough choices.

Because they rely on emotional theatrics, virtual kidnappings can present victims with tough choices. 

With increasing reports surfacing of virtual kidnappings targeting people in the United States and Europe, it is important to understand the problem and learn how to avoid becoming a victim of the scam. As its name implies, a virtual kidnapping involves no abduction whatsoever. At its core, a virtual kidnapping is a psychological game in which criminals put on a theatrical performance designed to instill fear and coerce their target into quickly complying with demands for money. ...

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