Olympic swimmer Rowdy Gaines is issuing a warning after his family almost became victims of a virtual kidnapping scam when they received a disturbing phone call from a stranger saying his daughter was being held hostage.
The terrifying ordeal began Saturday when Gaines’ daughter, Madison, received a phone call from a woman pretending to be with the “Colorado Police Department,” the college student said in a lengthy Facebook Live video posted Monday.
Madison said the woman told her she had a warrant out for her arrest because she didn’t appear in court for a summons and then gave her an address in Colorado, where she attends college, to drive towards.
Unaware that the woman on the phone was not really with a police department, Madison drove to the address, which was a Walmart. Madison was then instructed to buy a pre-paid card and take money out of an ATM.
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