Hundreds across the city say they have received calls in Mandarin that seem to be coming from the Chinese Consulate.
While those who do not understand the language usually just hang up, those who stay on hear a message claiming that they owe money to the government.
The caller tries to get personal information including the bank account, credit card or Social Security number and asks that money be transferred.
Police say if you receive a call like this, hang up immediately.
The NYPD explained the scam on Twitter:
Many people have gotten a phone call lately in Chinese claiming that you owe money to the government. Hang up – it’s a scam! Here is a video featuring one of our officers explaining the scam in Chinese. pic.twitter.com/Z2zAeOyPIw— NYPD Housing PSA 6 (@NYPDPSA6) April 30, 2018
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