In a newly reported scam targeting older adults, callers demand money immediately to free a kidnapped relative and threaten physical harm to the relative if funds are not delivered, Attorney General George Jepsen and Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris warned residents recently."Grandparent scams are especially egregious in that they prey on family members, particularly seniors," said Attorney General Jepsen. "This version of the scam is of great concern due to the extreme allegations that the scammers make and the threats of violence directed toward a family member they claim to have kidnapped. I urge all Connecticut residents to be on guard against this scam and to take the time to talk to their parents and grandparents about this scam's prevalence and warning signs."\u201cIt\u2019s important to tell older relatives about this scam, and discuss what they should do if they receive this type of despicable call,\u201d Harris said. \u201cWhile the threat of kidnapping is terrifying, the person receiving the call must stay calm and not overreact out of fear.\u201dThe scammers work to instill a sense of panic and urgency in an effort to rush the victim into sending money to save or free their loved one. Victims are often ordered to stay on the phone until money is wired, often to a third party.\u00a0 The scammers demand "ransom" payments from $600 to $1,900 or more.\u00a0 In some cases, even after a payment is made, the scammers claim the money was not received and demand additional funds.According to law enforcement officials, some warning signs of this scam include:\u00b7 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 Most of the calls come from out-of-state or foreign area codes.\u00b7 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 The fake kidnappers try to keep you on the phone; real kidnappers usually hang up in order to prevent the call from being traced.\u00b7 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 The calls do not come from the relative's phone.\u00b7 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 The callers demand that "ransom" money be sent by wire transfer service.If you receive a call that you suspect is a kidnapping scam, law enforcement officials advise the following:\u00b7 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 Ask to speak to the relative directly. Ask, "How do I know my loved one is all right?"\u00b7 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 If you aren\u2019t allowed to speak to your relative, ask the caller to describe your relative or the vehicle they would be driving.\u00b7 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 If you are allowed to speak to your relative, listen to their voice. Does it sound like your relative?\u00b7 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 If you can, use another phone or computer to reach your loved one through social media or text messages. Ask them to get right back to you because it\u2019s urgent.\u00b7 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 Stay calm and avoid arguing with the caller. Keep your voice low and steady.\u00b7 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 If you find that your loved one is safe and the call is a scam, hang up the phone and contact your local police department immediately.If you believe your relative is the victim of a real kidnapping, call 911 or your local FBI office.Assistant Attorneys General Sandra Arenas and Lorrie Adeyemi, head of the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Department, and Legal Investigator Christine Buck are assisting the Attorney General with this matter.