Two missing Chinese students in Canada may be victims of ransom scam

Annette Crawford
November 13, 2017

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.

Yue "Kandy" Liu was last seen on Friday morning at 10:30 the Yonge Street and Finch Avenue West area.

Investigators believe the disappearances are part of plot in which scammers instruct the Chinese students to go into hiding under threat that their relatives will be harmed.

The victims may be with the suspects and are told not to use their cellphones or access social media, police said.

Police said the families are then asked to pay a large ransom, adding that they are concerned for the safety of the two global students.

Juanwen Zhang, 20, and Ke "Jaden" Xu, 16, have also disappeared and have not been seen since November 8 and November 9, respectively.

Police allege that the suspect or suspects then told family members of both students that they had been kidnapped and demanded a hefty ransom to secure their release.

"She is described as 5'6", with a thin build, long black hair and brown eyes.

Ke (Jaden) Xu, 16, was last seen Thursday at 10:30 a.m., in the Eglinton Avenue East and Midland Avenue area.

It is unknown which schools the students attend.

Anyone with any information about these instances is asked to call police at 416-808-2222 immediately.

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