The Milwaukee Police Department is alerting the public to a recent trend seen both locally and nationally. Victims of the scam receive phone calls from a caller who claims to be holding a member of the victim’s family hostage. The suspect then demands that money be wired in exchange for the release of the family member. Further investigation of these incidents has shown that family members were not actually taken hostage and that the claims of the suspect are false.
Calls like these are frequently coming from the phone number (631) 827-1544. The Milwaukee Police Department is encouraging anyone who receives a call like this to contact MPD immediately to investigate.