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Police report cell phone scams involving fake hostage situations

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Police are reporting three separate incidents of cell phone scams involving fake hostage situations.

Over the course of two hours on Jan. 15, officers have been called about phone scams. An unknown subject calls the victims on their cell phones. The caller tells the victim he or she has a family member held hostage.

The caller then demands money sent via wire transfer. The victim is told to stay on the phone while being given instructions on where to send the money.

The amount of money being demanded varies from case to case.

At this time there is no known relationship between the three victims.

This is a scam that has surfaced from time to time throughout the country. It is a variation of a similar scam where the caller tells the victim a loved one was arrested or hospitalized and needs money immediately.

Police issued a reminder to never send money to people you haven't met in person. Also you should never send money for an emergency situation without verifying that it's a real emergency.

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