Mom Warns Others After Receiving Frightening Phone Call
ShareTap Staff 8/4/2017
An Arizona mom was at work when she received a call on her cell phone from her daughter who was out of town visiting family members. She was thrilled to hear her daughter's voice, until she heard the words spilling out of her daughter's mouth.
The mom, Kate Cass, said the call came from a weird phone number, but she assumed it was from her daughter who was in a different area code out of state. On the other end was what Kate says is a "parent's worst nightmare."
Her daughter was crying on the other end. What she blubbered out chilled Kate to her very core.
"Mom he put me in a car. I don't know where I am. I'm going to need you to help and I'm scared."
Kate then heard a man in the background demand that her daughter give him the phone. He told Kate where they were at and ordered her to bring him money in exchange for her daughter.
Blessedly, at this point, Kate's co-worker began recording their conversation, as she had discovered what was going on. For a fleeting moment, Kate panicked then snapped to action, making sure to sound cooperative on the phone with the stranger.
Her co-worker busily begins contacting the family members Kate's daughter is supposedly staying with to see if they have any clue what's going on. Kate asked to speak with her daughter to make sure she's okay.
The man tells her he's going to hang up on her and that she can "forget about your daughter." Eventually, the man puts her daughter on the phone.
"It was her voice. She is calling me mom. I ask her name and she states her name more than once."
Then the phone stops recording, because her coworker has called the police for help. The call between Kate and the stranger continues.
The man asked Kate how much cash she can rummage up and get to him as soon as possible. He told Kate to repeatedly "calm down" and said she should "Thank God" that she wasn't "speaking to a rapist or a psychopath."
"When the man identified himself, he said, your daughter was at a 'certain location.' And that was the exact location my daughter was at."
Then 10 excruciating minutes later, the co-worker reaches Kate's daughter through Facetime and can confirm she is indeed okay. She hadn't been kidnapped as the stranger stated.
"At this point, I knew it was a scam ... I have never been so upset, scared and lost. This is a call I hope nobody ever receives."
An hour after she received the call, Kate said she was still shaking and crying. She said she was thankful that it was only a scam and her "feisty, sassy and amazing" teenage daughter was sitting on a couch in her pajamas.
"Why my little family? Why me? Why my daughter? You have no clue it could happen to anybody."
While Kate diligently keeps tabs on her daughter's whereabouts and social media activity, she still was scammed. She said it felt as if her entire world had crumbled with just one 10 minute phone call.
Kate urged all parents to watch their kids closely, monitor their social media activity and turn off their cell phones' location service. She recommended families have a code word that's exclusive to just their family in the event that something horrifying like this really does occur. Kate also recommended that all parents hug their kids.
As of now, investigators are still unsure of how the scammer knew so much about Kate's daughter, or how he was able to replicate her voice - which is frightening to say the least.
Watch the video below to hear more about this frightening scam.