Earlier this month, a victim contacted Delta Police to report being defrauded over $200,000.
While police say this is the first reported case in Delta using this technique, it has been reported widely throughout the country.
According to police, in this scam, people claim to be from Chinese authorities. This has included, but not limited to, pretending to be from the Chinese embassy, consulate, Interpol, courier service, police or cell phone company. The scammers contact the victim mainly using web-based applications like Skype/WhatsApp, alleging that the victim has been implicated in the commission of a criminal offence in China, and that there is an agreement between Chinese and Canadian officials to arrest and then deport the victim to China.
If you believe to have been a victim of fraud or are being targeted, please contact DPD’s non-emergency line at 604-946-4411.