Chinese worldwide students targeted in ransom scam found safe

Ke “Jaden” Xu 16 was last seen on Thursday

Chinese worldwide students targeted in ransom scam found safe

One of three missing Chinese students has been located in Toronto in what police believe is part of a scam to extort money from their parents.

Fraudsters contacted the global students last week and told to go into hiding and to stay off social media or their family back home in China would be hurt, police say.

"The students are somewhat isolated", Const. Craig Brister said over the weekend.

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And Ke (Jaden) Xu, 16, who was last seen in on November 9, was located on Monday morning in Ontario.

She was one of three worldwide students that police said may have received threatening phone calls before vanishing. He had been last seen Thursday morning in the Eglinton and Midland avenues area. Police say the scammers instructed the Chinese nationals in Canada to go into hiding or warned them their families in China would be hurt.

Yue Liu, 17, was located in Kirkland, Que. around 11:30 p.m. Sunday night.

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The scammers then contact the families, claiming that the students have been kidnapped and will only be released after they receive a large ransom.

Juanwen Zhang, 20, who had been missing since November 8, was also found safe on Saturday. According to police, Zhang eventually turned on her phone and saw text messages from her friends urging her to contact authorities.

He is described as six-feet, one-inch tall with a thin build.

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Anyone with information regarding these scams is asked to contact police at 416-808-5200 or 416-808-4100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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