Police warning about international wire-transfer extortion scams — Scam Guards
WATERLOO REGIONAL POLICE
The Waterloo Regional Police are warning the East Asian community in Waterloo Region after receiving two reports of international wire-transfer extortion scams. Both victims are students at local universities and sustained a combined loss of more than $150,000.00.
Both scams were similar in nature and contained many of the same key indicators:
- A telephone call purporting to come from a member of the Chinese Government, or Chinese Embassy, alleging that the victim has been implicated in the commission of a criminal offence in China.
- An insistence that the victim report their location and activities to Chinese authorities multiple times daily.
- Communication with alleged Chinese authorities, including police, prosecutors, and judges, either over the telephone or through internet-based applications such as Skype.
- The provision of authentic…