EL CENTRO – The El Centro Police Department has recently been made aware of a new scam taking place here in Imperial County. Several residents have reported receiving telephone calls from an individual claiming to have kidnapped a family member. The callers threaten to harm the kidnapped family members if the resident does not pay the ransom. The callers have requested ransom to include currency, jewelry, cars or anything of value in exchange for the family memberâ€™s safety.
The El Centro Police Department is urgingÂ citizens to report any threats of this nature to the appropriate authorities immediately. Do not pay the ransom. No legitimate threats or actual kidnappings have taken place.