Threatening phone scam hits NC; scammers threaten to kill loved ones

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Law enforcement officers are warning the public about a scam hitting residents in Rowan and Iredell counties.

Officials told WSOC that scammers are calling people and threatening to kill their loved ones if they don’t give up the money. Several cases have been reported.

Deputies started investigating one case Wednesday. They said a couple in Cleveland contacted deputies, claiming they’d received a disturbing phone call on their cell phone.

The caller allegedly said he’d kidnapped their sister-in-law and would to kill her if they didn’t wire more than $1,700. The couple called the Sheriff’s Office after suspecting something was wrong. They eventually learned their sister-in-law was never at risk and the caller was lying.

Salisbury police, Cleveland police and Iredell County deputies all received similar complaints this week, according to WSOC. So far no one’s fallen for the scam. Deputies said you should not wire money if you receive a call like this and call police immediately.

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