Police in the US state of Utah, He said They found Kai Zhuang, a 17-year-old Chinese student who disappeared on December 28. Zhuang was in the United States on a school exchange, but fell into a web of online scams: he was found alone in a tent north of the city of Riverdale, in a rural area of Utah where temperatures drop during this period. Often below 0°C.
The scam consists of luring some international students online: the organizers convince them to isolate themselves and take photos in which they appear to have been kidnapped, telling them that if they do not follow orders they will put their family members in danger. Instead, family members are told that if they do not pay the ransom, their son or daughter will suffer the consequences. However, in reality, the scammers never meet the victim or the parents, everything happens online. It appears that Zhuang decided to isolate himself specifically to escape his handlers. The authorities confirmed that he was in good health and had not suffered any major physical harm.
Zhuang's parents are in China and said that they had already obtained some photos from which it could be concluded that their son had been kidnapped, and they confirmed that they had paid $80,000 (about 73,000 euros) for his release.
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