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Man’s Family Threatened By Bloody Phone Scam

Man’s Family Threatened By Bloody Phone Scam


REPORTING LIVE TONIGHT AT LINCOLN CENTER, ANDREA GRYMES, CBS2 NEWS. THANK YOU. IT WAS A TERRIFYING THREAT FROM A STRANGER. A BROOKLYN MAN CLAIMS SOMEONE CALLED HIM ON THE PHONE, THREATENING TO KILL HIM AND HIS FAMILY IF HE DIDN’T HAND OVER MONEY. NOW HE’S SHARING HIS STORY TONIGHT, BUT SO SHAKEN UP HE’S WEARING A MASK TO CONCEAL HIS IDENTITY. REENA ROY HAS MORE. Reporter: IT BEGAN WITH A QUICK EERIE PHONE CALL. JUST LOOK AT THOSE PICTURES. OH MY GOSH. BLOOD, HORRIBLE. Reporter: THIS MAN SAID LAST WEEK HE GOT TEXT MESSAGES WITH PICTURES OF BLOOD SOAKED AND MANGLED PEOPLE. THEY WERE SHOWN AT A PRESS CONFERENCE, BUT WE BLURRED THEM BECAUSE THEY WERE TOO GRAPHIC TO AIR. ALONG WITH THE HORRIFYING VISUALS, HE RECEIVED A DEMAND FOR CASH AND PLUS A LIST OF HIS FAMILY MEMBERS, ADDRESS, AND A THREAT TO KILL. AND WE JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I WAS TERRIFIED. Reporter: ONE TEXT CLAIMED THE SENDER WAS PART OF THE CARTEL AND MANAGED A BROTHEL, SAYING THE VICTIM OWED MONEY FOR SPEAKING WITH THE WOMAN ABOUT HER SERVICES IN WASTING HER TIME. READING IN PART, “I’VE BEEN PLANTING YOU A FEE IN WHICH YOU MUST PAY. IF YOU DON’T PAY, YOU AND A COUPLE OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS WILL LOSE YOUR LIVES.” THEN CAME THE MOMENT WHEN YOU HAD TO DECIDE WHAT TO DO. IF IT IS 50%, 25% A CHANCE. YOU ARE STILL SCARED AND I WAS STILL SCARED, SHAKING RIGHT NOW. SHOULD I GO TO THE POLICE AND MAKE MYSELF KNOWN, DO I MAKE IT A BIG DEAL ABOUT IT, DO I NOT? Reporter: THIS VICTIM THOUGHT IT THROUGH AND INSTEAD OF PAYING, ASKING FOR HELP FROM FORMER ASSEMBLYMAN AND COMMUNITY MEMBER WHO ALERTED AUTHORITIES. WHAT WE HAVE TODAY WILL GO BEYOND ANYTHING THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN, IT IS SHOCKING. Reporter: THEY’RE HOPING SHARING THIS STORY WILL HELP PREVENT OTHERS FROM FALLING VICTIM TO THIS SCAM. IT IS OFTEN SIMPLY A METHOD OF INTIMIDATION BUILDING PERSONAL PROFILES OF VICTIMS FROM THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES TO CRAFT THE CONVINCING THREAT. THE GOOD NEWS EXPERTS TELL US THERE’S USUALLY NO IMMINENT

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