22 May 2018 0 Comments Posted By : Bryann Aguilar

Chinese international students are being targeted in kidnap scams, Toronto police warn

Toronto police are again warning the public of a scam targeting Chinese international students following another occurrence this month.

Police were first alerted of the scam in November after at least three people were targeted.

The students were told by a caller — posing as a Chinese law enforcement or government official — to go into hiding and not to use their cellphones to protect their families.

The scammers then contacted the families in China, telling them their children have been kidnapped before demanding a ransom.

The students went missing for days in the meantime.

There were also several reported cases in Hamilton. It also prompted York Regional police to send a warning.

Yiheng Feng, president of the York Chinese Students Association, told the Star in November that parents have dealt with scams before.

Feng, who also got a phone call from the scammers, added that students trust the callers because they often have very detailed information about the victim.

Police said they are in contact with all the victims of the scam. They are reminding anyone who believed they were victims to contact police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2222 or Crime Stoppers.

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