FBI warns of scammers targeting families of missing persons

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned that scammers actively target the vulnerable families of missing persons attempting to extort them using information shared on social media.

The warning comes in the form of a public service announcement issued through the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) on Friday.

These actors identify missing persons through social media posts and gather information about the missing person and family to legitimize their ransom demands without ever having physical contact with the missing person, the FBI said.

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