Utah parents warn of terrifying ‘virtual kidnapping’ scam

OGDEN, Utah — An Ogden mother and father have a serious warning for parents everywhere: beware of a scam called “virtual kidnapping.”

Last Wednesday, father Jeff Weber was at work driving his work vehicle, a haz-mat truck, when his cellphone rang from an unknown number. He did not answer. But then it rang again, the same unknown number. He answered it.

“I heard a young girl crying saying ‘daddy, daddy I’m scared,’ then the kid voice went away and a man came on and told me he kidnapped my daughter and if I ever wanted to see her again I would not tell anybody or hang up,” explained Weber. “The guy sounded serious.”

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