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Police warn Mandarin-speaking Canadians about scam in Toronto

File photo of a Toronto police cruiser. Jeremy Cohn / File / Global News

TORONTO – Police are warning Mandarin-speaking Canadians about a scam occurring in the Toronto area.

Toronto police say individuals pose as Chinese authorities and law enforcement officials by phone or instant messaging.

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They say the individuals then accuse the victims of money laundering and threaten arrest and asset seizure.

Police say the victims send a wire transfer or cash to the individuals, believing that will help prove their innocence.

They say the money is never returned.

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