Police: Phone scam led to concern over woman, 4-year-old son

June 23, 2021 GMT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Manchester police believe that a phone scam led to concern that a woman and her 4-year-old son were in danger and caused authorities to issue an Amber Alert.

State police issued the alert on Tuesday afternoon. It was soon canceled after the woman and child were found safe by Manchester police.

Police said there is no indication that they were in danger.

“In these scams, someone calls the victim and says a family member is in trouble,” Manchester police said in a news release Wednesday. “They demand money for the individual’s safe return. The caller insists that the victim not hang up. This is an attempt to shut down any communication with the victim’s family and friends.”

Police advise call recipients to stay on the line, but use another device to text or email the family member in question to verify that they are safe, or have someone else call, and notify the police.