2 ‘Virtual Kidnap’ Scams Within 24 Hours Have Laguna Beach Police On Alert

Two “virtual kidnap” cases within 24 hours in this seaside community have led police to alert all local schools.

The incidents were similar: Phone calls were made to potential victims, with the caller demanding a large sum of money or threatening to harm a loved one.

“We definitely believe these incidents are connected,” said Sgt. Jim Cota, who last summer spearheaded assistance for a Laguna Niguel mother who sought help after receiving a threatening call.