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An Anchorage man who was called by phone scammers claiming they had kidnapped his wife Thursday said he lost all the money in his bank account, during an elaborate ploy which targeted both him and his spouse.
The man, who didn’t want to be identified because he and his wife were still terrorized by the incident, shared his story Saturday with KTVA because he wanted to keep others in the community from being misled.
Anchorage police said the man had been the victim of a “brazen” version of a familiar scam, in which callers usually claim to be police or utility workers and threaten to serve an arrest warrant or disconnect service unless they’re paid off. In Thursday’s case, the scammers had modified their caller ID to appear that they were calling from the victim’s wife’s phone.