A terrifying phone call to a mother last week should serve as a warning to the public about phone scams.
The mother, whose son is a primary school student at the Victoria Shanghai Academy (VSA) in Sham Wan, Aberdeen, received an anonymous phone call on Friday, informing her that her child had been kidnapped and demanding a huge ransom.
The caller ordered her to stay online or his son would be hurt. The mother, who heard a child’s voice yelling for help on the other end of the line, complied and tried to remain calm.
However, unknown to the caller, she wrote a note and asked someone at a convenience store nearby to give her husband a call.
The father, apprised of what was happening, immediately contacted the school and verified that their son was safe and had never been abducted.
The caller hung up after the mother learned that her son was safe in school. The couple called the police.
Investigation showed that the call was made from an unregistered number.
Police said the people behind the hoax probably wanted to take advantage of fears among parents after a nine-year-old boy was kidnapped on March 13.
A VSA spokesperson confirmed there was a scam call targeting the parents of one of their students last week, but refused to offer more details as a police investigation was ongoing.
School officials assured parents that their children will remain safe inside the campus, noting that no one is allowed to pick up the students unless they can present a valid ID issued by the school.
The school also posted a reminder to parents on its website, urging them to contact the school and the police immediately if they receive similar calls.
VSA is a prestigious international school in Hong Kong, where children of many celebrities are studying.
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