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Police warn Mandarin speakers about scam in Toronto area

Last Updated Nov 15, 2017 at 9:17 am EDT

Undated file photo of a Toronto police cruiser. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Police are warning Mandarin-speaking Canadians about a scam occurring in the Toronto area.

Toronto police say individuals pose as Chinese authorities and law enforcement officials by phone or instant messaging.

They say the individuals then accuse the victims of money laundering and threaten arrest and asset seizure.

Police say the victims send a wire transfer or cash to the individuals, believing that will help prove their innocence.

They say the money is never returned.