Kidnappers Ask Ransom of 80 Bitcoin (BTC) For Chinese Student
A Chinese student was recently kidnapped in Australia and the kidnappers demanded a ransom of 80 Bitcoin (BTC), around $810,000 USD to release him. According to a local media outlet, the father of the student was kidnapped and they demanded the ransom within 24 hours.
The kidnappers affirmed that they would harm their hostage if they did not receive the funds. Their address was not revealed, however. They claimed that only when the father confirmed that he would pay the ransom they would be able to let him see the wallet. After the payment, they would his son go.
According to the reports of the local media, the father was not able to raise the money and is currently trying to get a Visa to visit Australia and look for his son.
This would normally be a tragic story. However, some people have wondered whether the story is fake or not. In fact, this is kind of a trend in situations like this one. In these cases, the kidnapping is not real but staged.
First, kids are contacted by people who pose as officials from China. They claim that the student will be convicted of a crime in China unless they “cooperate”. After that, the scammers coerce the students into filming fake videos that are sent to their parents.
After that, the “evidence” is sent to the student’s family and they get the money. The student is never really harmed and sometimes the scammers are not even within the same country when they contact the victims.