An armed gang of four kidnapped one of the world’s top RPG gamers after one criminal’s girlfriend lured him into a fake date using Orkut, Google’s social network. After sequestering him in Sao Paulo, they held a gun against the victim’s head for five hours to get his password, which they wanted to sell for $8,000. And yes, the story gets even better. –Gang Kidnaps Gamer to Get Password Using Fake Orkut Date (Gizmodo)
The story points to a website that appears to be in Portugese, so I can’t investigate this story any further. It fulfills so many stereotypes it just doesn’t sound credible… the kidnap victim isn’t named, for instance. I don’t see any coverage of this outside the gamer weblogs and fansites, so I’m leaning towards “PR hoax” on this one. Perhaps time will tell.