The Morning Risk Report: ‘Virtual Kidnapping’ Is On The Rise

CBS News producer Carolyn Lippert based in Mexico City, Mexico wrote this for cbsnews.com.


There is a mass psychosis in México.

Greg Cowal, an American businessman living in Mexico, received a call one day from someone claiming to have kidnapped his college-age daughter. The caller gave him instructions to drive until he got to a street corner, where he left his watch and one thousand dollars. When Cowal found his daughter at home, he realized he paid ransom for a fake kidnapping.