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Couple loses $1,444 to 'kidnapping' scammer

Published 1:57 pm, Thursday, June 19, 2014
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A woman called police Saturday, saying she and her husband had been scammed out of $1,444 by a caller from Puerto Rico who said her husband's brother was being held captive in Florida.

Her husband was the counter in Super Stop & Shop on Kings Highway Cutoff, getting ready to send another $640 that the alleged kidnappers were demanding.

When officers arrived, her husband was on the phone with the "kidnapper," and handed the phone to police. At that point, the caller, who said his name was Robert, refused to talk to police.

Police contacted the man's brother in Florida, who confirmed he was not in any danger. While police were able to stop the man from wiring the additional $640, the other two transactions, one for $1,096 and the other for $358, had already been picked up in Puerto Rico.