Police have identified a syndicate that uses the sound of a crying child to dupe parents into believing their child had been kidnapped and gets them to pay ransom.
Only later do the parents realise the child had been safe in school, all along.
Serdang Commercial Crimes Investigation department chief Asst Supt Azani Saupi said his men had identified the syndicate that had tricked at least four victims into handing over a total sum of RM57,000.
“After the victims bank in or place the money in a specified post box, there is no communication. Only later do they realise their children had been safe in school,” he said during a press conference at the Serdang district police headquarters on Thursday.
He said parents, who receive the purported kidnapper’s call, hear a crying child and immediately panic into thinking it was their child and follow instructions from the syndicate without double checking to ascertain if their child had indeed been abducted.
ASP Azani said investigations revealed the syndicate did background checks on their victims such as the way the children call their parents.