FBI reports Chinese embassy robocall scam is back


Robocalls are the worst, but an even sketchier call is back with a vengeance, scamming people out hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The FBI calls it the Chinese Embassy Scam, and it comes in as a call in Chinese claiming to be from the Chinese consulate or embassy. Other versions of the scam come from a shipping company about a package waiting for them at the embassy. 

The phone numbers look legitimate, so in yet another variation of the scam when the caller says a package was found with their passport, social security card, or credit card, it’s more believable. Victims are then passed onto an “investigator” from Chinese law enforcement who requests funds to resolve the problem. If they won’t wire over money, they’re threatened with jail or deportation. Some even ask for cryptocurrency or credit card info. Read more…

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