Chinese immigrants in Australia have been cautioned by Scam Watch to beware of scammers. They are posing as employees of DHL or Chinese authorities and threatening with arrest or deportation unless a large amount of money is paid.
The scammers contact the Chinese immigrants through the phone. They communicate in Mandarin and claim to be Chinese authorities or employees of DHL. The scammers then inform the immigrants that they have intercepted a parcel with the name and address of the victim. The parcel contains many fake passports, add the scammers. Alternatively, they also claim that the bank account of the victim has been compromised and utilized for criminal activities.
The victims are informed by the scammers of being associated with crimes. This could be embezzlement or money laundering. They are then asked to pay a large amount of money to get bail or investigated on priority for being cleared, as quoted by the Scam Watch Gov Au. It will also be attempted by the scammers to obtain personal data of the victims such as banking details, passport number, and address.
The objective of the scammers is to create fear in the victim. Thus they will not question the story and make payment or provide valuable personal data.
Chinese immigrants have been cautioned by Scam watch. They have been said that cold callers who threaten deportation or arrest in connection with fake passports are actually scammers. These calls must be immediately disconnected and reported to Scam Watch. No money must be paid to them, it adds.
Scam watch has also cautioned immigrants not to offer any personal details such as online account or credit cards over the phone. This must be done only if you have made the call and the call was received from an authentic source.
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