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Phone Scam Alert

The Chinese Consulate General in New York has received a number of phone calls from Chinese citizens in the United States, saying that they got phone calls or voice messages which claimed to be from Chinese Consulate General and reminded them to pick up a parcel or a document from the Consulate General, or asked them to answer the inquiry on criminal cases that they are allegedly involved in.

All of these phone calls have been proved to be scam trap. We have posted dozens of alerts on our official website. We would like to restate that the Consulate General in New York would not ask for personal information, deliver parcel pick-up notice or ask people to answer inquiries from police department by way of phone calls. The Consulate General would not ask for bank account information.

Stay alert of scam trap and ignore the call. If you get suspicious phone call of such kind, you could contact the Consulate General to verify. If you have losses from the scam, you should report to local police department in the U.S. The Chinese Consulate General in New York is working with New York Police Department (NYPD) in phone scam prevention.

According to the information provided by the Department of Justice of U.S., you could also report fraud to the appropriate investigative agencies as follows:

Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft

Contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP, 1-877-ID-THEFT, or online at www.ftc.gov.

Disaster-Related Fraud

Contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud at (866) 720-5721, by fax at (225) 334-4707, or by email at disaster@leo.gov .

Correspondence may be sent to:

National Center for Disaster Fraud

Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4909

General Fraud and Other Criminal Matters

Contact the FBI at (202) 324-3000, or online at www.fbi.gov or tips.fbi.gov.

Health Care Fraud, Medicare/Medicaid Fraud, and Related Matters

Contact the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-HHS-TIPS, or online at www.oig.hhs.gov.

Internet Fraud and Lottery/Sweepstakes Fraud by Internet

Contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) online at www.ic3.gov.

Mail Fraud and Lottery/Sweepstakes Fraud

Contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 1-800-372-8347, or online at postalinspectors.uspis.gov.

Securities Fraud

Contact the Securities and Exchange Commission at 1-800-SEC-0330, or online at www.sec.gov or www.sec.gov/complaint/select.shtml.

State and Local Fraud

Contact your local Police Department or State Attorney General's Office

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