The Virginia State Police has received several calls from people who reported they were called by someone who claimed to have their child.
The caller then demands money for the child’s release, according to the release.
“This is a scam that has been coming around every couple of years and is designed to place the victim in a panic,” the release stated.
The caller may even have a child screaming in the background, according to the release.
The calls are being generated from outside the country, but may have what appears to be a local phone number.
There have been multiple complaints placed to multiple agencies in the region, of these calls taking place.