Wellington Scoop

Phone voicemail scam involves Chinese Embassy

News from NZ Police
The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China have today received multiple calls from members of the public who have received a voicemail from the ‘Embassy’ either yesterday or today.

The voicemails left on people’s phones are in relation to a variety of topics, such as property to be picked up from the Embassy, their credit card has been used without authority or they need to call a phone number in Beijing.

At this stage we are not aware of anyone who has been scammed out of money as a result of this, however we urge people to be cautious.

Technology has been used to enable the use of the Embassy’s number to make these calls, so if you receive a call and the person on the line asks for money, do not engage with them, and hang up. The Embassy will never ask for these details from you over the phone.

If you think you’ve been scammed, we urge you to report the incident as soon as possible to your nearest police station and warn your friends and family so others in the community are also aware – particularly the more vulnerable members of our community.