The Spanish dance band Delorean went through a harrowing experience over the past few days as
the band were victims of a "virtual kidnapping" down in Mexico. The band was staying at a
hotel in Mexico City for a festival appearance when they fell victim to a team of
extortionists posing as hotel security who convinced them to give up their cell phones and
move to another hotel due to a security threat. At that point, the extortionists contacted
the band's family
members in a ransom attempt. Thankfully, the members of Delorean are safe and sound right
The band has issued a
statement about the ordeal:
On Monday morning October 7th we received a phone call at our hotel room in Mexico City
from a person posing as a hotel security officer. We were informed that there was a
security threat at the hotel.
What followed for the next 30 hours was an experience where the threat of death was real
due to the psychological manipulation inflicted on us by our kidnappers. Thanks to the
fantastic work of the National Police in Spain, Ertzantza , Interpol and the Federal
Police in Mexico, we were successfully rescued yesterday morning.
While it would be convenient to blame Mexico, that would not be sound. This could have
occurred anywhere in the world. Our hope is that this situation will bring attention to
the abuse that we were subjected to by our kidnappers, so that other travelers do not fall
victim in the future.
This has been extremely difficult for us and our families. At this time we have no further
comment and we ask that you respect our privacy so that we can return to normality in our
What an incredibly scary experience! As the band says, hopefully Delorean's experience
will make travelers aware of "virtual kidnappers" so this won't happen as often in the