WATERLOO REGIONAL POLICE
The Waterloo Regional Police are warning the East Asian community in Waterloo Region after receiving two reports of international wire-transfer extortion scams. Both victims are students at local universities and sustained a combined loss of more than $150,000.00.
Both scams were similar in nature and contained many of the same key indicators:
- A telephone call purporting to come from a member of the Chinese Government, or Chinese Embassy, alleging that the victim has been implicated in the commission of a criminal offence in China.
- An insistence that the victim report their location and activities to Chinese authorities multiple times daily.
- Communication with alleged Chinese authorities, including police, prosecutors, and judges, either over the telephone or through internet-based applications such as Skype.
- The provision of authentic looking, digitized police identification, including a police badge containing an image of a male in uniform and an accompanying identification number.
- The identification of a male named “Liu Yan” as the chief suspect in China.
- The allegation that there was a warrant issued for the victim’s arrest in China.
- A request for access to the victim’s bank account in order to “prove” that illegal money was not laundered through their accounts, and a subsequent request to transfer large sums of money to a bank…