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Chinese student based in Sydney falls victim to ‘virtual kidnapping’ scam – ABC News

A high school student who was convinced to fake her own kidnapping in a Sydney apartment has been found safe but not before her parents in China paid $200,000 i…

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A Chinese international high school student who was the victim of a “virtual kidnapping” scam has been found safe and well after her family paid more than $200,000 in ransom.

  • The woman spent several days with a Chinese university student who believed he was hiding a protected witness
  • Neither of them knew they were being scammed until police contacted them
  • There have been eight other virtual kidnappings reported to NSW Police this year

The elaborate phone scam …

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