Beware the Towson Phone Scam

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A parent of a Towson University student got a terrifying phone call last month:  Their child had been kidnapped, the caller said, and demanded $500 worth of ransom. Possibly clued in by the fact that the ransom demand was pathetically small, the parents contacted the Towson Police — who confirmed that the call was a scam. In fact, nearly a dozen people have received similar calls over the past several months.

The calls, which come from the number 301-653-5495, may be part of a widespread telephone scam that affects places all along the eastern seaboard, reports the Towson Towerlight. “There is a federal agency investigating all of this collectively. This particular type of scam is not new,” said Charles Herring, deputy chief of police at Towson University.

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