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ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office is warning people about a scam where the caller claims to be holding a friend or relative hostage after a car crash.

The sheriff’s office posted a video about the scam Wednesday. In the video, Lt. Chris Gulli said the scam has been going around for the past few weeks.

Gulli said scammers are calling people and claiming to be holding their friends, relatives or loved ones.

The scammers claim they have been in an accident with the friend or relative and ask to have money wired to them.

Gulli warns the callers might have a lot of information about the friend or relative they claim to be holding, but said the scammers are getting the information from social media and in other ways.

Gulli offered specific instructions on what to do if you get the call.

It included to stay on the phone with the caller but have someone else call law enforcement, then call the friend or relative that might be in danger.

Try to get as much information as possible from the caller, including where they want the money wired, the phone number they’re calling from, names, locations and anything else that could be helpful to investigators.

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