Investigators with the Wichita Falls Police Department Financial Crimes Unit have been investigating two cases this week of a Virtual Kidnapping Scam.

The Scam is prevalent in Border States, it involves a person posing as a family member (grandchild, in most cases) stating that they are being held in Mexico against their will and need the grandparent to wire money (Western Union) so they can be released. The victims being preyed on are generally elderly.

Persons that believe they have been a victim of this scam should contact the Wichita Falls Police Department 24 hours a day at (940) 761-7792.