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Man Claims to Be Holding Relatives Hostage to Extort Locals for Cash

At least two Fairfax City residents were targets last week.

Two Fairfax City residents were targets of a possible phone scan telling them their loved ones were in accidents and being held captive. (Getty Images)
Two Fairfax City residents were targets of a possible phone scan telling them their loved ones were in accidents and being held captive. (Getty Images)
City of Fairfax Police reported a frightening scam this week in which local families were told their loved ones were being held captive.

Two similar incidents were reported, both on Sunday, Jan. 12.

In the first incident, a woman who lives in the 3600 block of Chain Bridge Road said she received a call around 9:12 a.m. from an unknown man claiming that her son had been involved in a car accident, and that he was being held hostage and would be killed if she did not come to meet him and bring cash.

The victim said she hung up on the caller and immediately called her son's friend's house where he had spent the night, and was told he was there and safe.

The second incident took place at 3:37 p.m. The victim was a man who lives in the 10600 block of Main Street.

The man reported that he received a phone call from an unknown man telling him that his wife and daughter had been in a car accident and that he was holding them captive at gunpoint. 

Before the caller could say anything further, the man hung up and immediately called the police.

Police are investigating the fraudulent phone calls.


Have you ever heard of anyone receiving similar scam calls? Tell us in the comments.

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Sharon Chang January 20, 2014 at 11:38 AM
I've received two calls from some Indian people, apparently located in upstate NY somewhere--and with hilariously (considering that they're claiming to be from the IRS) thick Indian accents. To see what others (including the ACTUAL IRS) have experienced and shared online concerning this scam, check out this link, which will also give you the phone number from which they've been operating: http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-585-697-3455

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