MANASSAS, Va. – A Manassas woman got a call from someone who told her that her child had been kidnapped and was being held hostage.

More in a police press release:

Suspicious Event

On January 13, 2014 Manassas City Police responded to the 9000 block of Whispering Pine Ct for a report of a possible kidnapping. The reporting party stated that she received a call from an unknown person the same morning who told her that her daughter had been kidnapped. The caller told her not to contact the Police and to send an undisclosed amount of money to Puerto Rico in order to free her daughter. She did contact Police, who made contact with her children who were safe, and determined the call to be fraudulent.