International Student Services

December 21, 2018

Beware of Scam Targeting Chinese Citizens Living in WA

The Seattle Division of the FBI would like students to be aware of a scam targeting Chinese citizens on student and work visas living in Washington State. The scammers identify themselves as being from Chinese law enforcement agencies and claim individuals are under investigation in China for money laundering or other crimes. The scammers demand individuals pay money and provide secure information to the agency to prove their innocence or be forced to return to China and be placed in prison.

The FBI recommends that if you are contacted by any parties claiming to be Chinese law enforcement, strive to verify the authenticity and contact the law enforcement agency directly through official channels to confirm the identity of the person. Do not provide personally identifiable information such as date of birth, passport numbers, or bank account information. Email spoofing, the forgery of an email header so that a message appears legitimate, is a common tactic with internet and email scams.

If you or someone you know has been targeted by this Chinese law enforcement impersonation fraud, contact the FBI’s Seattle Division at 206-622-0460.

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