Hostage Scam Calls

Lower Paxton Township Police Department and several other local departments have recently received reports of a hostage scam phone call in which the callers call from an unknown phone number and advise that they have a family member hostage.  The callers usually have enough personal information about the individual they are calling to sound believable as they will sometimes mention family member names, employment and area where the recipient lives.  The callers have been advising the recipients to obtain cash and meet them in a public place or wirelessly transfer them money in one manner or the other.  The callers will attempt to keep the situation as fluid and hectic as possible to keep from allowing the recipient time to make additional phone calls or check on the reported involved hostage for themselves.  If a call like this is received, please do not follow the caller's instructions and instead call police immediately at 911.