Student targeted in ransom scam found, two more still missing

Frederick Owens
November 14, 2017

Police say that three Chinese national students believed to have been manipulated by extortionists into disappearing have been found safe, Toronto police say.

The scam involves people contacting Chinese students and telling them to go into hiding or their family back home will be hurt.

The families in China are then contacted and told that the student has been kidnapped.

Loved ones notified police that the students were missing, De Kloet said.

It's believed the students were targeted because they had recently arrived in Canada to study.

Investigators say they are concerned for the safety of the three worldwide students.

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Yue "Kandy" Liu was identified as a third potential victim on Saturday.

Ke "Jaden" Xu, 16, was located by Toronto police around 9 a.m. on Monday.

Ke "Jaden" Xu, 16, was last seen Thursday morning in the Eglinton and Midland avenues area.

Twenty-year-old Juanwen Zhang was found shortly before 5 p.m. on Saturday. He is described as standing six-foot-one with a thin build, short black hair and brown eyes.

"When she actually turned on her phone she was inundated with messages advising her that it was actually a scam and she was not in danger and her family was not in danger and it was at that point she contacted police", she said. He was last seen wearing a red winter jacket, grey trousers and carrying a black backpack.

Liu became aware it was a scam Sunday night and contacted police, Sidhu explained.

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