Dylan RedwineAs if the fact that 13-year-old Dylan Redwine has been missing for weeks is not making life hard enough for cops in Colorado, now things have gotten really complicated. There's a scam designed to take advantage of the good people of southwest Colorado who want to bring this little boy home to his parents. For the low, low price of a $4,000 ransom, the scammer will release the missing child so he can be home for Christmas.

It sounds like a dream come true, doesn't it? Like you'd be the hero if you just scraped together the cash? I mean, what kind of jerk wouldn't want to help get a boy home to his family? Only, sadly, it's not true at all.

Police say it's all a hoax, a way to milk good-hearted people out of their money. The Redwine scammer claims to be the head of a kidnapping gang, and for $1,000 sent to the United Kingdom, you'll get a photo of the missing boy. If you pony up $4,000, they claim you'll get the actual boy.

I have to say it: this might be the second sickest thing I've heard in weeks. Second, of course, to whatever criminal act likely happened to take Dylan away from his parents (cops are saying they don't believe he simply ran away).

Not only is this guy (or girl ... the name cops say being used is Abass Gadafi, but it's likely a fake) taking advantage of people's kindness, but this is more stress for Dylan's parents that they do not need right now. Their son is missing. THAT is enough.

And I can't help but wonder if this deviation hurt the search for Dylan. We'll likely never know, but the scam adds to the headache for police. They actually had to stop what they were doing and figure out if this was a legitimate lead, when they really could have been focusing on trying to find Dylan.

I hope they do find this guy ... and they throw the book at him.

What do you think should be done with this scammer?

 

Image via National Center for Missing and Exploited Children