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August 16, 2013

Man loses cash in bogus kidnap scam


“It was all made up. They told me my dad was in danger. But he was at church and then he was at home,” Castillo said.

After learning his dad was OK, Castillo said he felt stupid and duped but that he honestly feared for his father’s well being. He repeatedly asked to speak to his father but was told he could not talk to him until the money was paid.

“Nobody was in danger. It was just a scam over the phone,” said Castillo.

Castillo said he reported the incident to Methuen police on Sunday afternoon.

Since the ordeal, he’s spoken to others locally who received similar cell phone calls. “A co-worker said they called his wife and said they had him. But he was sitting right next to her,” Castillo said.

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