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Salonica ‘abduction’ victim gets a shock

A young woman from Thessaloniki was arrested yesterday for faking her abduction and demanding a 300,000-euro ransom from her parents. The 22-year-old, whose name was not made public, had disappeared on Thursday afternoon, after leaving home for her work. A few hours later, her mother and brother received text messages on their mobile phones saying the young woman had been kidnapped – and promptly reported the incident to the police. When a second series of messages came through, officers were able to trace the incoming calls to the village of Lianokladi, some 15 kilometers west of Lamia in central Greece. Police swooped on the area, and finally located the missing woman asleep in a hotel room, where she had checked in under a false name. She was hospitalized in Thessaloniki yesterday after suffering a fainting fit during the police raid.