- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A central New York police department is investigating a kidnapping phone scam.

Syracuse Police say several people in the area have received phone calls from a male who claimed to have kidnapped a loved one and threatened to kill the person if the family didn’t pay a ransom.

The Syracuse Police Department says it responded to at least five such false abduction calls on Wednesday. Authorities say several of the calls have come from the same phone number, which is fake.

Police are advising people who receive these calls to hang up and not give any personal information, then call and check on the relative to make sure they’re OK.

Authorities say the scam has been around for two decades.

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