State warns of new scam targeting Chinese-American residents

State warns of new scam targeting Chinese-American residents

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - State officials are warning residents of another phone scam making its rounds in the islands.

The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs says the latest scam targets the Chinese-American community.

Officials say potential scammers call residents and impersonate a member of the Chinese Consulate. They then demand payment in exchange for a package or information to prevent punishment from the consulate office.

Some people have also reported the callers speak in mandarin Chinese during the call.

"It's truly outrageous that these scammers would try to prey on the vulnerabilities of recent immigrants," Stephen Levins, Executive Director of the Office of Consumer Protection said. "Anyone receiving such a call should hang up and not provide any information to the scammer."

Officials provided these tips to prevent yourself from falling victim:

  • If you get a call or message like this, hang up or delete it.
  • Never give out personal information, such as your Social Security Number, to a stranger on the phone.
  • Never wire money through Western Union, MoneyGram, or any other wire service to a person you do not know.
  • Never purchase gift or money cards for the purpose of providing the gift card numbers to someone else.
  • Immediately contact the Office of Consumer Protection or the Federal Trade Commission.

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