Chinatown residents warned of scam calls from somebody claiming to be from the Chinese embassy

Sampan reports the calls, in which people are told to enter their credit-card numbers, have gotten so bad that somebody from the Chinese embassy in New York came to Boston on Saturday for a meeting to alert residents that the embassy never asks for personal information over the phone.

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Wow, a friend and I both

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Wow, a friend and I both received these calls a couple weeks ago. He got a voicemail (in Chinese), but I did not. I guess good news for those who don't habla chino.

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Same here

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Caller ID said it was a call from an embassy, but I don't speak any Chinese at all.

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I did, too

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I got a call last week and then then just this morning.

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got this twice last week

Didn't bother to listen all the way through the voicemail because, really, why. But judging by the response here, seems like they did a good job blanketing the area.

The one thought I had when I saw it is that, because I was one of the federal employees whose private info ended up being hacked into by the Chinese, maybe they were fishing for some sort of info.

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Likewise

Likewise last week. I never answer calls if I don't recognize the #, but an online search yielded reports of the Chinese embassy/consulate connection, though there was some suggestion that the real number was spoofed?

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UN

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Most countries have two embassies in the US: One in Washington and one in New York for the UN.

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This seems like a

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This seems like a particularly coldhearted scam, given how anxious people probably are in the current moment to make sure they stay on top of anything related to their immigration status.

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