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Scam targeting Chinese students,
Assistance requested locating Juanwen Zhang, 20, and
Ke “Jaden” Xu, 16,
Photographs of both students released

Broadcast time: 11:32
Friday, November 10, 2017

Corporate Communications

Case #: 2017-2026565

The Toronto Police Service is investigating a scam that is targeting Chinese nationals studying in Canada.

It is reported that:

- unknown person(s) are contacting Chinese students

- they are told to go into hiding or their family in China will be hurt

- they are also told not to use social media or cell phones

It is further reported that:

- these unknown person(s) then contact the students' families in China

- they tell the family that their son or daughter has been kidnapped

- a demand for large ransom is made

The Toronto Police Service is requesting assistance locating these two missing people, whom investigators believe are victims of the scam.

Juanwen Zhang, 20, was last seen on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at 1:45 p.m., in the Yonge Street and Grenville Street area.

See previous release.

Ke “Jaden” Xu, 16, was last seen on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., in the Eglinton Avenue East and Midland Avenue area.

See previous release.

Police are concerned for their safety.

Anyone with information regarding these scams is asked to contact police at 416-808-5200 or 416-808-4100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications