Police warn that international students are being targeted for virtual ransom scheme

June 5, 2018

CBC reports that two international students in Calgary have fallen victim to “virtual kidnapping” scams. The police are said to have found one of the victims hiding in a Calgary hotel room after his family received a ransom demand through his social media account. According to police, the scammers force their victims to go into hiding, effectively making them stage their own kidnapping. University of Calgary Students’ Union President Sagar Grewal explained that international students are particularly vulnerable to abuse given language limitations and the fact that they are living away from home, often for the first time. CBC