One of our readers Simon told us he met with a telephone scam, it was a call from “Hong Kong Kowloon immigration office”. As we knew he has a Ph.D. degree and graduated from Harvard, one of the most top one universities in the world, let’s see how the “detective” caught the scammers!
The story started with he received a phone call from ” Hong Kong Kowloon immigration office”. A robotic voice asked him to check an important voice mail from the immigration.
Simon followed the steps then it turned to a lady to answer, he was told he has been restricted to enter or exit China because he helped a Chinese suspect to apply for Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to Hong Kong and Macau in Fuzhou.
- Certain words like “police” and “sir” have different sayings in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China mainland.
- He was asked for more personal information like passport number.
All these clues lead him to think of the giant telephone scam gangs in Taiwan. Then he checked Fuzhou police office address and telephone number online, what surprised him was that information perfectly matched with that “police” provided.
Simon immediately called the Fuzhou police according to the telephone number he found online. The truth gradually appeared, he was told that it was a very yesterday scam, scammers used the loophole of China Telecom, which could use Voice over Internet Phone (VoIP) to change their phone number, so they forge the real police telephone number to cheat on people.
Fuzhou police also emphasized that: