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Cybercrime actors target families of missing persons in Alaska

The DPS: Cybercrime actors target families of missing persons in Alaska. Scammers scoure social media for post on them and send messages to their families demanding a ransom for their safe return

Cybercrime actors are targeting families of missing persons in Alaska. It’s a warning launched by the DPS cybersecurity experts. Internet trolls are scouring social media for posts regarding actual missing persons. The scam takes advantage of the information they find to send text messages to the family member of the missing. The scammer demands a ransom for the safe return of the missing person who they claim to have kidnapped and now is sick. The scammer warns people not to contact the police. Scams can eventually trick people into paying money into a Pay Pal or making similar methods of payment. If you are the recipient of such a text message, do not respond. Instead, report the scam to [email protected] and also notify the agency that has case responsibility for your missing persons case.

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