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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four people have been charged in a scheme that used telemarketing tactics to shake down immigrants for ransom money under the guise that loved ones had been kidnapped, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.
In reality, no one had been snatched and the callers didn’t even know who they were dialing.
But in a small percentage of successes since 2007, the “virtual kidnappers” collected at least $500,000, federal investigators said.
Callers in Tijuana, Mexico, used about 30 different San Diego phone numbers to make the calls — up to 5,000 a day — demanding that money be wired, saying they were holding a relative who had been heading to the U.S. illegally. The four charged with wire fraud and other crimes are accused of picking up ransom payments in the San Diego area and bringing the money to Tijuana.