Chinese community again targeted in scam

Scam alert

ACT Policing is warning members of Canberra’s Chinese community of the reemergence of a scam that first occurred in 2018.

Police are aware of a number of incidents in March where payments totaling more than $150,000 were paid to scammers.

The scam in some cases involves a caller claiming to be an official who threatens the arrest of the victim based in Australia or their family unless a sum of money is electronically transferred.

Police are reminding the community that if you receive demands for money via phone, in the post from police or government agencies you can check their validity by contacting the agency directly. Don’t call the phone numbers provided, checked the number on the agency’s official website.

If you feel that you may have been targeted or have any information that could assist police please go to your local police station, phone police on 131 444, or contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously.

Media enquiries

Police Media — (02) 6264 9460, act-police-media@afp.gov.au