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New Phone Call Scams: The Chinese Consulate Scam and The FTC Scam

Fake Calls   /   Jun 3rd, 2018   /  A+ | a-
The Chinese Consulate Scam

This scam involves impersonating a Chinese consulate representative and is targeted towards individuals with Chinese last names. The scam seems to be a nationwide phenomenon according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

The Pitch
The scammers may use different tactics to get your attention and personal information. He or she may call or message that there’s a package waiting for you at the Chinese consulate near you. The scammer may also threaten you with legal action if you don't provide specific information. At the end, their purpose is to get your bank details or get you to make a bank transfer to them.

The Chinese Consulates never calls people to ask them to transfer money to them.

The FTC Refund Program Scam
The FTC previously mailed checks totaling over $10 million to users who lost money to the company: Advanced Tech Support (also called Inbound Call Experts). In this scam, the caller pretends to be with the FTC and informs you that you will be one of the those receiving the money.

The Pitch
The caller asks to access your computer. The scammers wants access so they can install harmful software or take you to a webpage where you enter your personal information, including your credit card details.

This is a scam because the FTC has already mailed the checks and they are no longer accepting any new claims. Furthermore, a caller from the FTC will not attempt to access your computer.
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