The caller who rang Valerie Sobel’s cellphone had a horrifying message: “We have Simone’s finger. Do you want to see the rest of her in a body bag?”
Then came the sound of her daughter, screaming in terror.
“She called me Mum (and said) ‘I’m terrified, please help,’ ” Sobel recalled.
In the hours that followed, the kidnappers talked her into wiring $4,000 (£3,069) for ransom. Only later did she find out there had been no kidnapping. It was a scam.
“I was in bad shape for days,” she said.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: IB Times