On May 20, the State Police foiled a three-way phone extortion, in which a man was receiving calls from an unknown number asking for money to free his employee. who they allegedly had kidnapped. The officers asked the victim to avoid making payments and not to give them any information. And after a search in the vicinity, they found the employee near a hotel.
Tlajomulco police also frustrated another case: criminals asked a woman for 300 thousand pesos for freeing her son and the minor’s auntbut they were safe in a plaza in Guadalajara.
Extortions are on the rise in the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area. Between January and May of this year, 180 criminal complaints were reported for this crime, when in the same period of 2021 there were 152 cases. The most affected municipalities were Zapopan, Tlajomulco and Guadalajara.
In this type of crime, criminals convince family members to change their location and turn off their phones; in some cases they call another number to maintain tripartite calls, to simulate that they are kidnapped and ask for the ransom. “They take advantage of the vulnerability of certain sectors, mostly minors and older adults,” warns the Secretary of State Security. They recommend being calm, identifying the number, cutting off communication, contacting the family member allegedly deprived of liberty or the people who know his whereabouts. And report to the telephone numbers 33-3662-2368, 089 or 911, to obtain the necessary help.