Former Million Dollar Listing New Yorker, Michael Lorber opens up about a kidnapping scam against his brother. Michael spoke with the New York Post‘s Page Six and revealed all the details about the phony plot he was involved in last month, where “kidnappers” claimed they were holding his brother for ransom, and demanded $2,000 in cash. Click over to read more about this awful experience.
“It was the worst experience of my life,” Michael told Page Six. “They told me Brian had been in a car accident, they’d kidnapped him, broken his hand, and I needed to meet them with $2,000 in cash to pay for the damage to their car. They said they had his cellphone and they’d shoot him in the head if I called him.” “They said I had to stay on the phone, and if I dropped the call they’d immediately shoot my brother. They said once they heard my car starting, they’d tell me where to meet with the money.”
What the kidnappers didn’t know was that Michael had slipped his assistant a note that instructed to call his brother on the other line. Michael’s brother picked up the phone and was luckily safe in his office. When Michael confronted the faux nappers, they still threatened to shoot his brother in the head. Ummmmmmmm, girl bye!
The Post says this type of scheme has become so common in New York City, “the FBI and NYPD have just issued a public alert,” the paper reports. “The FBI said callers try to convince a victim that a relative has been in a car accident with a member of the gang and demand a ransom, though no kidnapping has taken place.”