Campus police at the University of Texas in Austin are sending out an alert to parents of UT students about anonymous phone calls claiming to have kidnapped their son or daughter.
Sgt. Charles Bonnet of UTPD told KVUE News that he doesn’t believe UT parents are being targeted because in the past month and a half officers have only heard from two different parents.
In each of the two cases, a person with an accent has called demanding a small amount of money be transferred into an out of the country bank account.
“In one case it was a $1000, so the kind of amount where if you were a parent and you were scared and for whatever reason you couldn't get a hold of your son or daughter right away, that's the kind of money somebody might be able to put their hands on quickly without necessarily going to get a loan,” Bonnet said.
Neither detectives nor representatives with Texas Parents know where or how the callers are getting the telephone numbers of UT parents. However, UT police are hoping that any other parents getting the calls will take good notes and ask good questions.