Boston Police report somebody's reading up on local college students on their social-media accounts, then calling their parents or grandparents to say the students have been kidnapped and to demand ransom via FedEx.
Students in Boston are not being kidnapped, police say.
It is not uncommon for the caller to know basic details about the victim's life, including names of family members, places of employment, and school information. It is possible that this information is gathered through internet searches or websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In some cases, the caller phones several members of the same family, extracting information from one person that is then leveraged against a relative to increase the credibility of the caller's claims.