Anne Arundel police warn of telephone scam

An Anne Arundel County man received a terrifying phone call Monday. He was told members of his family had been kidnapped.

“He knew they were coming back into town. The timing was just perfect,” the man, who did not want to give his name, says.

He’s still scared about what happened. He was told his family would be killed unless he sent cash.

“I panicked and I got my stuff,” he says. “He was on the telephone telling me ‘Do not hang up. If you hang up, call anyone, you tell the police, I will kill your family members.’”

The man was on the phone for over an hour.

“The worse thing that’s going through my mind, they’re dead.”

Worried that his family was in danger, the man wired $500 to a Money Gram in Puerto Rico. But he’s not the only victim. There have been other victims recently reporting the same kind of crime to Anne Arundel County Police.

Luckily, the man had someone else call his wife, who said everything was OK. But by then the money was gone.

“Money Gram said it’s already cash, somebody already picked it up,” he says.

ABC7 searched the number that popped up on his caller ID. People were complaining about the exact same scam on the internet.

The man says he just wants the criminals to get caught.

“I don’t want anyone to go through what I went through because that hour and a half was terrifying,” he says.

The Money Gram in Puerto Rico released the name of the person who picked up the money. Anne Arundel County Police are now working to track them down.