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Phone Scam: Man told pay-up or mother dies

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Officers say the caller said he would kill his mother if he didn't comply. Officers say the caller said he would kill his mother if he didn't comply.

Police say 39-year old Farouk Sinsuat of Hanahan was at work on June 19 when he received a call from a male subject saying his mother had been in a car accident.

The subject said Sinsaut's brother was a fugitive and that he would hold Sinsaut's mother until he receives $600 wired via Western Union.

Officers say the caller said he would kill his mother if he didn't comply.

Police say the suspect also gave instructions, telling Sinsaut not to call police, to answer all questions and to not get off the phone.

Sinsaut told police he left his job at Stokes Honda on Rivers Ave. and got cash from an ATM. He was still on the phone with the subject while on his way to the Western Union. While all this was happening he was able to get text out to his wife, she checked on the mother and determined she was in fact, "safe and sound."

Sinsaut told police as soon as he found this out he hung up on the subject. Police said the same number called back six times but he never answered. He returned to work and called police.

Police have made no arrests at this time.

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