Virtual kidnapping in the United States

  • Americas
  • United States of America
  • Mexico
  • Creating a Secure Organisation
Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith

Virtual kidnapping in the United States


Virtual kidnapping is a crime which is traditionally associated with Latin America. But it is also very common in the US. Despite how common it is there and how much local coverage incidents get, most people still don’t know about virtual kidnapping, and so it continues to thrive. Raising awareness of the crime is the only real impediment to it spreading.

In this podcast Joseph Smith, Special Risks Analyst, discusses:
  • How widespread virtual kidnapping is within the US
  • Similarities and differences between incidents in Mexico and north of the border
  • Tactics used 
  • Who is likely to be targeted 
  • How virtual kidnapping is expected to evolve in the coming years


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