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Scam targeting Chinese students likely behind missing pair

Scam targeting Chinese students likely behind missing pair”

Toronto police are investigating a scam that has lead to two missing Chinese worldwide students.

Since Wednesday, police were made aware that two Chinese students studying in Toronto, Juanwen Zhang, 20, and Ke "Jaden" Xu, were reported missing to authorities.

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

At the same time, their parents have been told that the students have been kidnapped and a ransom is demanded.

Investigators say they are concerned for the safety of both missing students.

Zhang was last seen Wednesday at 1:45 p.m.in the area of Yonge St. and Grenville St.

"She is described as 5'4", around 110 pounds, and was last seen wearing a grey jacket, grey University of Toronto track trousers and carrying a green knapsack.

Ke “Jaden” Xu, 16, was last seen November 9 at 10:30 a.m., in the Eglinton Ave. He is described as standing six-foot-one with a thin build, short black hair and brown eyes. Police believe Xu was wearing a red winter coat, grey trousers and a black backpack at the time of his disappearance.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts is being asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.



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