Warning: a phone scam targeting Chinese nationals has been reported nationwide. Scammers are using robo-calls containing messages in Mandarin that claim to be from the Chinese Consulate.
Some message have been reported to state that there is a package or document for the individual at the Chinese Consulate office and that they need to provide payment to have it delivered to them. Other messages stated that the recipient needs to give information or payment to avoid trouble (such as their status in the U.S. being affected or to avoid a criminal investigation in China).
The messages are intended to alarm the recipient to gain a response, and then request bank or credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, or other sensitive information. If you get a call or message like this, hang up! If you are concerned because you have business with the real Chinese Consulate, contact the Chinese Consulate by looking up the contact information for your local office.
And remember, scammers are always changing their tactics. Never give sensitive information or money to anyone who contacts you and asks for it.
Find out more and learn about recent scams at the Federal Trade Commission’s website.