'Virtual kidnapping' is on the rise: Here's how to protect your family

'Virtual kidnapping' is on the rise: Here's how to protect your family

Virtual kidnapping happens when scammers research people on social media and find phone numbers. So say ‘If you have my kid, tell my kid to tell me the secret code word.’ Most of the time if it’s a scam they are not going to know the secret code word,” Payton said.