Riverside, CA—The Riverside Police Department alerts the public on Chinese Official imposter scam which targeted UC Riverside students.
This particular scam has been going on for years and has been seen all over the country and slight differences and variations from case to case. The Riverside Police Department has received 4 of these cases in the past 8 months. UC Riverside Police also had 2 cases reported to them. The victims have been UC Riverside students in each case, so it appears they are being specifically targeted. Here are the basic elements of the scam:
▪️ A person claiming to be an “official” with the Chinese government, or with the Chinese embassy in the U.S. calls the victim. In almost all cases, the “official” speaks Mandarin Chinese, the victim’s primary language. In a few of them, the “official” claims to be a bank employee who then transfers the victim to a Chinese “official.”