Officials are warning New England residents of scam calls from individuals claiming to represent the Chinese embassy in New York. Fraudsters tell people their package is ready, after they provide credit card information and other identifying information. The displayed phone number spoofs the embassy’s number.
“We never ask for personal information over the phone,” said the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York in a Chinese prepared statement. Embassy officials will only ask for identifying information at the New York office when individuals are present, to confirm their identity.
The Consulate General held a meeting to warn people of scams on Feb. 3 at the Wong Family Association.
Michael Wong, a Chinatown resident and owner of Lun Fat Produce, said some of his employees fell for the scam. He also received a call from the scammers.
Boston Police Department Office Dave Saddler said Boston’s law enforcement had not received reports about Chinese embassy scams. He urged the public to hang up on callers asking for personal information and to report fraud to the police.
Saddler said, “Give the police a call, so we can have that information on file and be aware. Then we can issue a citizens alert.”
Anyone can file a report by calling 911. Boston’s police force has a number of officers fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and Toisanese, along with interpreters available by phone.
The public should call 911 to report fraud. The Chinese embassy’s 24-hour hotline is (212) 695-3125.
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