Watch out for the virtual kidnapping scam

Tiffany Craig, KHOU 11 Investigations reported on a scary extortion scam in which a man is told his wife is being held hostage and that he must pay immediately.  Fortunately the man had a co-worker call his wife during the phone call and discovered that she was perfectly safe.  Investiator Josh Nowitz with the Harris County Sheriff's Office Financial Crimes Unit advises taht the scam comes in many forms.  He suggests getting information about the caller. Ask them who they work for, name and employee ID number. Hang up and then call the agency's main number to find out if the story is real.