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FBI Investigates String of Fake Ransom Calls Targeting Doctors with Daughters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is joining Reno Police to investigate a string of fake ransom calls targeting doctors with daughters.

KTVN reports that someone has been calling doctors in the area, saying their daughter has been kidnapped and will be mutilated or killed if ransom wasn’t paid.

“That was the worst experience of my life,” said Dr. Louis Bonaldi, who received one of the calls at his office. “For somebody else to go through that, to have that feeling, I couldn’t work after that. I was an emotional basket case.”

The caller even placed a girl on the phone who sounded like his daughter.

Police began to get similar complaints from other Reno-area doctors.

“Today, the Reno office of the FBI, along with the Reno Police Department received several reports from some local physicians who had indicated they received a phone call,” said Special Agent Christopher Johnson of the FBI. “Looking into this matter, we were able to learn that all the daughters of these physicians are safe and accounted for.”

 

Justice Department Says It Has Mastermind in Prolific Cyber Attacks That Robbed Consumers, Businesses

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department boasted Monday that it captured one of the most prolific cyber criminals in the world in the continuing effort to crack down on the evolving cybercrime threat, the Associated Press reports.

Federal officials said 30-year-old Evgeniy Bogachev of Russia was the ringleader of a band of backers who infected hundreds of thousand of computers worldwide and stole more than $100 million from consumers and businesses.

As part of the scheme, the attackers implanted computers with malicious software to collect bank account numbers and passwords. The hackers also seized personal information like pictures and files from computers and only agreed to return control to users when they paid several hundred dollars in ransom.

Federal officials are working with Russia to bring U.S. charges against Bogachev.

FBI Reports New Scheme in Texas in Which Callers Are Told Loved One Was Kidnapped

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities are dealing with a sick new scheme in Texas called “virtual kidnapping.”

Victims get a call, usually in the middle of the night, from someone who says they’ve kidnapped a loved one and wants ransom money wired immediately, KSAT.com reports.

The callers usually doesn’t have any contact with the person they say they have kidnapped.

“The person will say, ‘I’m being held here in Mexico and they are going to kill me if you don’t [send] money right away.’ They always request you wire the money,” said FBI Special Agent Michelle Lee.

The scheme is playing out four to five times a week in the Rio Grand Valley, the FBI said.

“They’ll collect information about the family beforehand. They may call again and do social engineering (or) look at your Facebook site,” said Lee.

Dec. 8, 1963: A Look Back at Infamous Kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Just days after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, a group of amateur criminals plotted to kidnap Frank Sinatra Jr. in hopes of landing a big ransom, the FBI posted.

Two 23-year-old former high school classmates from Los Angels kidnapped the son of the world’s most famous singer at the time. Sinatra Jr. was taken from a dressing room, blindfolded and taken to a car waiting outside.

On Dec. 11, the singer gave up $240,000 in ransom.

But one of the conspirators got nervous and let Sinatra go, leading to the arrest of the three men.

Home Depot Worker Charged on Accusations of Planting Bomb in Store for Ransom Money

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Home Depot worker has been arrested for threatening to detonate bombs inside the stores unless he received $2 million in ransom money, the New York Daily News reports.

Daniel Patrick Sheehan, 50, threatened to shut down all Long Island stores on Black Friday by detonating three pipe bombs inside Home Depots, the Daily News wrote.

Police found one working pipe bomb.

After lowering his ransom demand to $1 million, Sheehan sent another letter saying he would pick up the money while being “wired up like a Christmas tree,” the Daily News reported, citing a complaint unsealed in Long Island Federal Court.

Sheehan was caught after police traced his phone number when he called to complain that the money drop was crawling with cops in late October.