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International Phone Scam Impersonates Chinese Consulate Officials

Monday, December 10, 2018 - 12:10


Pitt Information Technology is aware of an international telephone scam that has been received by members of the University community.

The caller—who typically impersonates a Chinese consulate staff member—states that a package addressed to the person called is waiting to be picked up at the consulate. The scammer claims the package is part of a criminal investigation and attempts to convince the person called to resolve the situation through a money transfer or credit card payment. 

The scam typically begins as an automated robocall in Mandarin, but the victim may be connected to a live scammer if they press a button when prompted during the automated message. 

If you receive this or a similar phone call, please hang up immediately. As a reminder, never give out personal or financial information—such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mothers’ maiden names, passwords or other information—in response to suspicious calls or to callers demanding immediate action.

Additional information about this scam is available on the FCC’s website.

Please contact the 24/7 Help Desk at 412-624-HELP (4357) if you have any questions regarding this announcement.