B.C. RCMP create task force in response to virtual kidnap incidents

Surrey, BC – A joint task force has been created to address and coordinate information about an ongoing fraudulent scheme targeting Chinese foreign nationals in the Lower Mainland.

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In July 2017, a telecommunication fraud trend targeting Chinese foreign nationals emerged in the Lower Mainland. Numerous incidents were reported to police where intended victims reported being contacted by suspects claiming to be Chinese government officials. Victims were informed that 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, their families in China were contacted by the suspects who convinced them that their family members 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.

In response to these incidents, the Lower Mainland District RCMP and E Division Major Crime have created a task force to examine the issue of virtual kidnap that appear to be targeting Chinese foreign nationals in the Lower Mainland.

The task force’s mandate is to coordinate investigative information from various police agencies to further all investigations into the ongoing series of offences.

“While the methods used to target the victims may change over time, the way to protect yourself remains the same,” says S/Sgt. Annie Linteau, Senior Media Relations Officer. “Anyone who receives such a message or phone call should not comply with any demands, end the conversation and report the incident to police immediately.”

Senior leaders of the RCMP recently met representatives of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China to share concerns over recent incidents, inform them of investigative actions to date and discuss outreach strategies.

The Chinese Consulate General in Vancouver reminds the Chinese nationals in Canada, should anyone be involved in criminal investigation in China, the legal documents will be sent by formal written notice through Chinese Embassy in Ottawa or Consulates General in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Calgary. The above mentioned diplomatic or consular agencies will not contact criminal suspect by phone, nor will they ask for personal banking information. Those having received such fraud phone calls are encouraged to report to police at 911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

We urge anyone who receives similar calls or messages to report the incident to their local police immediately. Anyone who has any information in relation to this ongoing series of offences is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

BC RCMP

皇家骑警(RCMP)针对虚拟绑架案件设立专案组

卑诗省素里市:成立专案组以因应低陆平原地区针对中国外籍人士连续诈骗案件。

2017年7月,针对中国外籍人士的电信诈骗案件在低陆平原地区兴起。数起案件已通报警方,被害者报告称接到自称中国政府官员的嫌犯联系,被害者说他们被指牵涉在中国的犯罪案件。

嫌疑犯紧接着威胁被害者从事一连串的行动,警告他们如果不合作,他们在中国的家人会受到伤害。与此同时,嫌犯跟他们在中国的家人联系,令他们相信他们的家人被挟持,之后索求赎金。

在每起案件中,嫌疑犯都冒称自己是中国政府的官员。

针对此类案件,低陆平原地区皇家骑警以及”E”分部重案组联合组织了一个专案组调查此虚拟绑架事件,情况显示是以低陆平原地区的中国外籍人士为目标。

此专案组负责统筹来自各个警察单位收集的调查资料从而推进此一系列犯罪活动的全方面调查。
卑诗省皇家骑警高级媒体关系官员Annie Linteau 总警长说:”虽然针对被害者的诈骗伎俩可能因时渐进,但保护自己的方法仍然不变。”任何人如果收到此类短信或电话,不要按照他们的要求去做,应立即停止通讯并马上报警提供相关情报。”

皇家骑警的上级领导日前已与中华人民共和国总领事馆代表见面商讨近期已发生的案件,并告诉他们目前为止的调查进展,讨论外展服务的策略。

中国驻温哥华总领事馆再次提醒:如旅居加拿大中国公民在中国涉案,我驻加使领馆将通过正规渠道专递相关法律文书,不会通过电话核实信息,尤其是银行账户信息。收到类似诈骗电话的中国公民可拨打911报警或打电话给犯罪举报热线1-800-222-TIPS(8477)。

我们敦促任何接到此类电话或短讯的人立即联系当地警方报告案件,任何有此类案件资料的人请联系警方或拨打灭罪热线:1-800-222-TIPS (8477)。


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