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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
It's not real. This is an extremely common scam. Airports do not hold people hostage. When someone owes money, either their goods are confiscated or they're sent a bill. If he committed a crime, he would be taken to jail and then taken before a judge. There is no legitimate scenario where someone would be held at the New York airport until you showed up and paid cash - unless he has been kidnapped. If that's the case, contact the local police and the Transit Authority. But there is still no reason to send cash.
If you have any further information that you think would help me provide you a different answer, I'm happy to hear it. But the little you've said is consistent with a scam that happens every single day.
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