Elaborate scams target Australia's Chinese

International students were coerced into faking their own kidnappings by the scammers, who would then send photographs of the gagged and bound students to their families with ransom demands. Some victims were reported to have been scammed out of up t
International students were coerced into faking their own kidnappings by the scammers, who would then send photographs of the gagged and bound students to their families with ransom demands. Some victims were reported to have been scammed out of up to $505,000. The state of Victoria recorded 32 incidents in the first five months of the year. PHOTO: VICTORIA POLICE

Criminals posing as police and using fake kidnapping ruse are targeting the community

International students and members of the Chinese community in Australia are being targeted by expanding and increasingly elaborate scams with some of the victims cheated out of as much as A$500,000 ( S$505,000) each.

In the latest case, the Western Australia Consumer Protection agency on Thursday revealed details of a phone scam that it said has been targeting the Chinese community.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 08, 2018, with the headline 'Elaborate scams target Australia's Chinese'. Print Edition | Subscribe