Before traveling to Mexico don't forget to check government travel advisories for noted kidnapping hotspots in case you need to avoid certain areas.
While the majority of victims are locals, criminals are increasingly targeting more and more travelers for
This crime occurs when a traveler hails what they think is a legitimate taxi cab. The cab is instead being driven by a local criminal who has borrowed the taxi and will take you to an ATM to force you to withdraw cash. The driver may also take your valuables; sometimes they’ll call your family and ask for a ransom payment.
Normally, these criminals let their victims go after a trip to the cash machine. These kidnappings can happen in other areas including the Metro. Another kidnapping method is of the virtual kind. Criminals call future victims saying they‘re police officials and that they have one of the person‘s family members in jail. They will ask for payment to have the person released.
If you do fall foul of a kidnapper, it’s vital that you do not resist. As much as it’s an inconvenience losing your valuables, they can be replaced, you can’t.
To reduce your risk of being kidnapped, book a taxi over the phone or use official
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