Express kidnapping (Spanish: secuestro exprés, Portuguese: sequestro relâmpago), is a method of abduction where a small immediate ransom is demanded, often by the victim being forced to withdraw money from his or her ATM account.
Known in the US since at least 1986, they are more commonly associated with urban areas of Latin America, such as Mexico, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil; and Argentina. In some parts of Latin America, express kidnappings known as a millionaire tour (in Spanish Paseo millonario), involve an innocent taxi cab passenger and a criminal driver, who stops to pick up associates. The passenger is taken to a variety of ATMs, and forced to "max out" their bank card at each.
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