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Police warning: Hostage scam increasing

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Police in Centre County are warning about another hostage scam. They said in the last two weeks, six people living in central Pennsylvania received a call from someone demanding $2,000 cash.

They said they were holding a loved one hostage and if the victim didnt send the money, or if the victim hangs up, they'll harm the victims loved one.  

Police said the callers have personal information about the victims and said local telephone numbers are displayed on caller ID.  

Lt. Chris Fishel with State College Police cautions people to not be fooled.

"Call the police. We can, in a very quick manor determine that the information is bogus," Fishel said.

Police believe the callers are from Jamaica and that theyre using pre-paid phone cards.

In March, the father of a Penn State student received a similar call.  It said his son was being held hostage in the State College area.  Police searched for the mans sone at the time and determined it was a scam.

If you receive this call contact your local police department.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times