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Scammers make up kidnapping story in attempt to steal from south St. Louis woman

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(KMOV.com) – A south St. Louis woman said scammers called her and demanded ransom for her father, who they claim had been kidnapped.

“It was nasty, he was verbally offensive,” said Kerry Hogan.

Hogan said someone called her Saturday morning and said her father had been in accident.

“My dad’s disabled, he’s elderly. It made sense,” Hogan said.

Hogan said the person on the other end of the line said she would have pay $1500 if she wanted to see her father again.

“I was certain my dad could be hurt. My dad could be killed. There’s nothing else I could think about,” Hogan said. “I said ‘I need to speak to him or tell me what type of car he was driving. Some kind of proof before I go out and get you anything.’ The person on the phone said ‘we can’t give that to you. Follow my commands if you want to see your dad again.”

The FBI said Hogan did the right thing by ending the call and contacting police.

“I was informed that they got my number from recent breaches. We all know about the Target breach and what not,” Hogan said.

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