Spanish police have detained a woman who faked her own kidnapping to test whether her husband would pay the ransom, sending him a photograph of herself with bound hands and feet.
The man received the photo on his mobile phone from someone claiming to be one of the kidnappers along with a text message demanding a ransom of 26,000 dollars.
Police launched a search and spotted her car, which they followed to a shopping mall in the town of Gandia on the Mediterranean coast.
“The woman, who was travelling alone and was in perfect health, was the supposed victim of the kidnapping.”
At first she told police that she had been released that morning but later confessed to faking her abduction “to find out what her husband would be willing to do for her”.