A 34 years old pastor, Alexander Geraldo dos Anjos faked his own kidnapping to extort money from his family.
The Brazilian pastor disappeared from his home neighborhood in São José dos Campos last month. A friend of his subsequently received an SMS saying the pastor had been kidnapped and that the family had to pay 3 bitcoin to secure his release.
The pastor’s plan was abolished when his family refused to come up with the bitcoin, instead they invited the police. After four days of missing, the pastor came out of hiding.
He initially told police that he had escaped from kidnappers’ clutches, but quickly came clean and said he had staged the fake kidnapping because he needed money to pay back debts.
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