Hang Up Your Phone Straight Away If You Hear THIS
Police are warning Aussies about voicemails left on their phone in Mandarin after one victim was scammed out of almost $2 million
Authorities say we should hang up their phone immediately if we receive a phone call or voicemail in Mandarin after a spate of targeted scams.
At least 50 people in New South Wales claim they have been scammed, however authorities believe several more have been taken in by the elaborate scam.
NSW Police issued a public warning after 'thousands' of people reported receiving calls from someone speaking in Mandarin.
Financial Crimes Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Linda Howlett said,
'I want to stress that the Chinese Embassy would never contact a victim to pay money over the phone,'
The caller asks for money and then threatens violence to the receiver, their family and friends if they don't pay.
Incredibly, in some cases, Chinese expats living in Australia were told to perform a kidnapping in order to get the money from family overseas.
The call often starts with a recorded message in English or Mandarin, and then transfers to a person who claims to be from the Chinese Embassy or Consulate.
Listeners are then told the call will be transferred to the 'investigators' or 'police', who ask for bank accounts, PINs, passports, family information, and cash payments.
Detective Superintendent Howlett said,
'The caller purports to be a government official and the essence of the scam is to convince the victim they are in trouble, but they can pay their way out of it,'
'The caller claims the victim has been implicated in a crime or their identity has been stolen, which could impact on their visa to stay in Australia or harm could come to their family back home.'
The scammers are also ringing random numbers with three calls reported to the police this week.
'One person in my office received a telephone call yesterday,' Detective Superintendent Howlett told The Sydney Morning Herald.
Police are now working with the Chinese Embassy and the Chinese Consulate-General.
Scam victims are urged to report it to local police or to the ACCC online at the 'SCAMwatch report a scam' page or by calling 1300 795 995.