Police Warn of Virtual Kidnapping


Virtual kidnap incidents continue police warn


Surrey, BC:  The Lower Mainland District RCMP are reminding the public that virtual kidnapping incidents are continuing in light of three recent incidents.


The RCMP issued a news release in July warning the public about an extortion scheme that tricks victims into believing their loved ones have been kidnapped.  Numerous victims reported being contacted by suspects claiming to be Chinese government officials.  The victims were told they were implicated in crimes in China.  The suspects then coerced the victims into a series of actions, warning if they didn’t cooperate, their families in China would be harmed.  Simultaneously, families in China were contacted by the suspects who convinced them that their loved ones were being held against their will, which led to a demand for money.  In each case, the suspects falsely claimed to be Chinese government officials.


On August 30, 2017, the RCMP announced the creation of a joint task force to address and coordinate information about the ongoing extortion. The RCMP launched a significant outreach strategy aimed at educating those who could be potential victims and there were no further incidents reported up until mid- October when the RCMP received three more reports.


Once again, the incidents appear to be targeting female Chinese nationals.


“The RCMP would like to remind the Chinese community that these automated calls are fraudulent”, says S/Sgt. Annie Linteau, Senior Media Relations Officer, BC RCMP. “Anyone who receives similar calls should not comply with any demands and hang-up immediately.”


The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China wants Chinese students in Vancouver to know that, should any Chinese citizens be involved in any legal cases in China, the relevant legal documents will be mailed to them directly from Chinese diplomatic missions. No phone call will be made to verify any personal information, especially the personal banking information, the consulate says.


We urge anyone who receives similar calls to immediately report the incident to your local police department or RCMP detachment.





皇家骑警在7月的新闻发布上提醒公众有关欺骗被害人误信他们的家人被绑架的一种勒索方式。  多名被害者举报接到自称中国政府官员的嫌疑犯联系。被害者被告知他们与中国的犯罪案件有牵涉。然后嫌疑犯胁迫被害人做出一连串行动,威胁如果他们不合作,他们远在中国的家人将受到伤害。与此同时,嫌疑犯与在中国的家人联系,令他们相信他们的子女被挟持,之后索求赎金。在每一起案件中,嫌疑犯都冒称是中国政府官员。



卑诗省皇家骑警高级媒体关系官Annie Linteau 总警长说:“皇家骑警(RCMP)希望提醒华人社团这类自动电话留言信息是骗人的 ,任何人如果收到此类电话,不要按照他们的要求去做,应立即将电话挂断。”