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Kidnapping Phone Scam Targets Roselle Park Resident

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ROSELLE PARK, NJ - A Roselle Park man told police he gave $1,100 to a person he didn’t know who called and claimed he was holding his father hostage, police said.

The 25-yearold resident said received a phone call from an unknown telephone number at about 6 p.m. on July 6. He said a man with a heavy Hispanic accent claimed he was involved in a motor vehicle accident with the resident’s father. 

The caller said he was holding the father hostage until $500 was paid in exchange for his father’s safe return, police said. The resident wired a MoneyGram to the caller addressed to a fictitious name, said police. 

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The caller then said something went wrong with his father and told the Roselle Park man that he now needed to wire an additional $600, police said. They said the man sent a second money order. 

The caller advised that he received the money and hung up, according to police. The resident then called his father and learned he was not involved in an accident or kidnapped, said police, noting the incident remains under investigation. 

Police are asking anyone with information to call them at 908-245-2300.

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