One of three victims of ransom scam targeting Chinese students located

14 November, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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The suspect or suspects then contacted the students' families and told them that their loved one had been kidnapped and would not be released unless they complied with a hefty ransom.

Toronto police Friday said they believe two Chinese students reported missing this week are the victims of a scam meant to extort large sums from their families, according to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Police say the scammers instructed the Chinese nationals in Canada to go into hiding or warned them their families in China would be hurt.

Const. Craig Brister said they have no reason to believe any actual abductions have taken place.

Police said they have no evidence to suggest any of the students were actually abducted.

Police say one of the victims became aware of the scam when she turned her phone on in the Montreal area. He has short black hair, brown eyes and was wearing a red winter jacket, grey trousers and a black backpack.

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Juanwen Zhang, 20, was located on Saturday around 4:45 p.m., after she was last seen Wednesday around 1:45 p.m.in the Yonge Street and Grenville Street area.

Ke "Jaden" Xu, 16, was also found.

Brister said the three students may have been targeted due to their recent arrival in the country. "They don't have a lot of friends or family here in Canada".

RCMP officers in B.C. and Alberta say they have seen this type of scam perpetrated in the west before.

Anyone with information on any of the disappearances is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

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