Richmond, BC residents are being contacted by a “virtual kidnapping scheme” that appears to target Chinese students studying in Metro Vancouver.
The RCMP has received reports and warned that “six Lower Mainland incidents reported appear to be targeted at female Chinese nationals attending schools in the Greater Vancouver area.”
The fraud group contacts both the students in B.C. and their families in China, pretending to be Chinese officials and telling families that the students were kidnapped before demanding a ransom.
The RCMP said that investigations are still ongoing and it is not clear yet how the fraud group gets the contact details of the students and their parents. They are looking into any commonalities between victims.
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