PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Police have issued a scam alert after two cases of people being contacted about a relative being kidnapped for ransom.

According to police, the two incidents of the so-called “grandparent scam” happened on Oct. 11 and Oct. 13.

Investigators say in both cases, the victims talked to a man on the phone while a woman was heard crying in the background.

The caller said the woman would be harmed unless a ransom was paid by the purchase of a money card.

Police say neither of the victims fell for the scam and instead contacted police.

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Authorities say if you get a call like this, ask specific questions of the caller, trying getting in touch with family members and contact police.

Pittsburgh Police say to be suspicious if you receive a call where:

  • A relative or friend is in some sort of trouble
  • A relative or friend says or the caller says the grandchild is in a far away location
  • The relative or friend or caller requests for money to be wire transferred or placed on a money card

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