I’m just saying, don’t believe any of these scams, okay?
New figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that 5.1 million cases of fraud were recorded by the police’s Fraud Action unit in 2020-2021, an increase of two-thirds on the previous year, with a quarter of victims’ losses unrecoverable.Among them, telecom network fraud cases present “blowout type” outbreak.According to an analysis by the Guardian, the proportion of people who work from home and use the Internet to shop has increased dramatically during the pandemic, and criminals are looking for opportunities to commit fraud by forging fake shopping websites, payment links, and logistics and delivery information.Xiaoqiao here summarizes the recent occurrence of relevant cases, please be sure to sharpen your eyes, do not be easily cheated!Community relations Commissioner Michael Brant spoke about immigration fraud at a recent “New York Immigration Department dialogue with the Community.”Mr Brant said fraudsters would impersonate official immigration websites and use phrases such as “fast migration” and “guaranteed success” to bait victims.She reminded the Chinese that the official website of immigration bureau is only www.uscis.gov, and the rest are fake!In addition to financial losses, applicants who do not apply through formal channels may become illegal aliens.Mr. Brant cautions that applicants should not give original documents to people claiming to be immigration agents;Do not sign the immigration application documents if you are not clear or do not understand the English content.Finally, remember to photocopy all application documents and obtain receipts.Spain’s national police agency has issued a statement saying residents could receive a fake email pretending to be a police officer.The police warned everyone to beware of being cheated.Police say the email was sent to thousands of residents in a fraudulent attempt to obtain personal data.The emails involve laws and crimes, and require recipients to fill in their personal data for “security verification”.The sole purpose of such emails is to steal personal data.Local Chinese media reminded people to be careful about such emails and not to easily disclose personal information to criminals.Australia: before renting a house must have a field trip to pay money again Australia has opened the frontier for more than 1 months, as students have returned to school, many fraudsters are also ready to move, waiting for the opportunity to move, to prepare to rent students start.Nancy, an overseas student, said that when she arrived in Melbourne, she tried to find an apartment on a local APP, but the “landlord” asked her to transfer the money before she could see it.But because there wasn’t enough money in her credit card, Nancy didn’t do it.After taking a screenshot of the Australian local rental website, Nancy calmed down and asked the landlord to take a picture of the property certificate for her to have a look. As a result, he never replied to her again.In fact, this is often called “Australian rental scam” on the Internet. Criminals will first post rental information on the rental software. The houses are usually located in the city center, but the rent is far below the market price, and the interior decoration is fashionable and livable.After that, the “host” will not be able to show the house to the students because they are “out of town”, and will usually require the students to pay (or pay a deposit) before mailing the house keys.Some of the students were so anxious to find a room that they fell prey to the swindlers and ended up with two empty rooms.Many overseas students sum up their experience, namely, no matter where they rent a house, they must first make a field visit to confirm the qualification of the house and the environment is no problem, then pay the money!In addition to these kinds of scams, the most common scam calls made by overseas Chinese are those pretending to be staff members of Chinese embassies and consulates. Recently, many Chinese embassies and consulates abroad have issued security alerts in this regard.The Chinese Embassy in Luxembourg has warned that a number of Chinese nationals have received fake phone calls to protect consular services, pretending to be concerned about the caller’s health or vaccination status, and obtaining personal, family and financial information in order to achieve illegal purposes.The Chinese Embassy in Switzerland also released information that recently, some Chinese citizens received a consular telephone number from the Chinese Embassy in Switzerland (0041-313501258).After preliminary judgement, this is fraud element disguise and become actually.Criminals will try to obtain personal identity information, bank account information and other information under the guise of “providing epidemic prevention materials and assisting vaccination”, which is deceptive to some extent.The Chinese Consulate General in Barcelona also issued a warning that a number of Overseas Chinese and students have recently received fraudulent phone calls, telling them that their packages and bank cards were detained by the Customs, and asking them to provide their names, passport numbers, ID numbers, bank card numbers and other personal information.In addition, the National Immigration Administration also issued a statement on April 6, saying that recently, some people reported that criminals used the phone number 010-66265110 to impersonate the staff of the National Immigration Administration.In the name of invalid passports, fraudulent passports, illegal entry and exit crimes and other matters in the field of immigration management, telecom fraud and criminal activities.Xiaoqiao solemnly reminds: Recently, overseas telecom network fraud is more frequent, please pay attention to the protection of personal information and property safety.In case of fraud, be sure to report to the police in time and contact the embassy or consulate for help!Sources: Overseas Edition of People’s Daily, Sing Tao Daily in the United States, Voice of Overseas Chinese in Spain, website of The Chinese Consulate General in Barcelona, website of the Chinese Embassy in Switzerland, website of the Chinese Embassy in Luxembourg, etc.Zhou Guanyu: I like to answer questions with actions. 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