Telephone scam targeting mandarin speakers

Telephone scam targeting mandarin speakers

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July 10, 2020

Since late March 2020 there has been a notable spike in scams targeting the Chinese-Australian community. On most occasions the recipient receives a pre-recorded message in Mandarin asking the recipient to either press a number to be connected or call back on the number provided in order to resolve some urgent business.

When recipients respond they are connected with someone claiming to be from one of the following: Beijing or Shanghai police, or DHL (delivery service), Chinese Embassy or Consulate. Multiple variations of the scam have emerged since it was first reported in 2018, however scare tactics have been utilised in all calls in an attempt to convince the recipients their identity has somehow become involved with criminal activity. Individuals have lost large sums of money to this scam and the scammers are also targeting Mandarin speakers in Canada, Singapore and the United Sates. In addition to the scamming payments, some members of the Chinese- Australian community have participated in elaborate acts as part of the deception, including image- based abuse, plea-bargaining with fake judiciary and extortion.

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