OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The Oklahoma City Police Department says they’ve seen an increase in ‘virtual kidnapping calls’ and they’re warning Oklahomans of this concerning scam.

“Detectives in our Robbery Unit have noticed a number of virtual kidnapping calls recently where the suspects will contact a victim and tell them a family member is being held hostage and ransom is needed to free them, often through a wire transfer,” said OKCPD in a Facebook post.

Authorities suggest the following if someone contacts you making threats and demanding money:

  • Stay calm
  • Request to speak to the victim
  • Attempt to text/call the victim
  • Don’t share personal information
  • Call 911 and report

Officials say the calls are usually made from “burner” (pre-paid/disposable) phones.