An area resident was recently called and told that a relative had been involved in an accident in Philadelphia and was now being held hostage, demanding payment of $950 for the damaged vehicle. The resident wired the money to Puerto Rico. After wiring the money, the virtual kidnapper told the resident that he felt bad and now wanted to send the money back and asked for their banking information. Fortunately, local police located the resident before more damage could be done.
The FBI has warned local police about this type of scam. Should you receive a similar phone call or threat, please contact 911 or 215-348-7400—Do not act on it! Solebury Police ask that you share this information widely.
Here's the statement from the FBI: