There’s a new phone scam out there targeting New Yorkers, so make sure you’re on the lookout to protect yourself.
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs has issued a warning about a new cell phone scam targeting New Yorkers of Chinese descent.
The phone scam began with an international call in Mandarin, believed to originate from mainland China.
Calls, or messages if you do not respond like I do, claim to be from the China Emergency Management Agency and tell the other party that you are calling on behalf of the Chinese Embassy, China. I’m telling you.
From a consulate, or Chinese law enforcement agency.
In fraud, callers are advised to accept a package or provide financial information, such as bank account or credit card numbers, to avoid confusing their legal status or being arrested for immigration crimes. It looks like
Scammers appear to be targeting recent immigrants from China and those with Chinese surnames.
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I hadn’t heard anything about this scam until I got a call from these scammers today.
When they called me, I didn’t answer the phone. The main reason was probably a scam as I knew I had no acquaintances in China when I saw the +86 country code. Check it out below.
With new phone scams coming up all the time, there are some basic steps you can take to stay safe.According to the FTC, following these simple steps can go a long way.
Block unwanted calls and text messages.
If you don’t know the number or send strange messages, please block it.
Do not provide personal or financial information in response to an unexpected request.
Genuine and legitimate businesses will never contact you and ask for personal information.If someone does this it could be a scam
Do not click links from unknown emails.
We apologize, but please be extra cautious if you receive an email or text containing a link.
Pay attention to how they tell you to pay.
If someone says you need to use a money transfer service or get a gift card, it’s probably a scam.
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