Deputies say man, whose son was threatened, is victim of a hoax

Deputies say man, whose son was threatened, is victim of a hoax

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Detectives with the Orange County Sheriff's Office are trying to figure out who contacted a man, threatening to kill his son while also demanding money for the boy's safety.

Michael Marcial walked into the Fairwinds Credit Union on Thursday and told the teller that he needed help.  Detectives said Marcial was on the phone with the threatening caller when he passed a note to the teller indicating that his son was taken and that he needed to withdraw money that he did not have.  The note also informed the teller to call police.   As Marcial passed the note to the teller, he mouthed the words "help me." 

The teller pulled a "hold-up" alarm and deputies arrived a short while later.  After questioning, they determined the whole thing to be a hoax played on the unsuspecting Marcial.

"We don't know how they are picking out their victims.  We don't know if it's just a random phone call, if it's a database they have access to, we don't know," said Cpl. Craig Hall with the Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said these calls are nothing new and have been happening all over Central Florida.

"People are giving them information.  When someone calls and says they have your brother, mother, sister held hostage, you don't give them the information they are looking for," warned Cpl. Hall.

Anyone with information about these hoax calls is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff's Office at 407-254-7000.


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