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Scam targeting Chinese students likely behind missing pair: police

Police say disappearance of Juanwen Zhang and Ke "Jaden" Xu is likely tied to a scam targeting Chinese national students (TPS/Handout)

Toronto police have issued a warning about a scam that targets Chinese nationals studying in Canada.

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

These people then contact the students’ families in China, telling them their child has been kidnapped and demand a large ransom.

Toronto police are asking for help in locating two missing people believed to be victims of the scam.

Juanwen Zhang, 20, was last seen Wednesday afternoon in the Yonge and Grenville streets area.

Ke “Jaden” Xu, 16, was last seen Thursday morning in the Eglinton and Midland avenues area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.