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5 Jan 2024

'Cyber Kidnapping' Trend Threaten Global Parents

In a recent US incident, Kai Zhuang, a Chinese exchange student, was falsely claimed to be kidnapped. Scammers extorted [$80,000](https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-67869517?xtor=AL-72-%5Bpartner%5D-%5Bbbc.news.twitter%5D-%5Bheadline%5D-%5Bnews%5D-%5Bbizdev%5D-%5Bisapi%5D&at_medium=social&at_bbc_team=editorial&at_campaign=Social_Flow&at_link_type=web_link&at_link_origin=BBCWorld&at_ptr_name=twitter&at_format=link&at_campaign_type=owned&at_link_id=4A66AC6E-A9C7-11EE-9F14-A1A9D0B4AF07) from his family by isolating him and demanding a ransom. This incident illustrates a worrying rise in cyber kidnappings, where victims are convinced that their loved ones are in danger, facilitated by technological advancements.