Kidnapping Fraud

Post Syndicated from Bruce Schneier original

Fake kidnapping fraud:

“Most commonly we have unsolicited calls to potential victims in Australia, purporting to represent the people in authority in China and suggesting to intending victims here they have been involved in some sort of offence in China or elsewhere, for which they’re being held responsible,” Commander McLean said.

The scammers threaten the with deportation from Australia or some kind of criminal punishment.

The victims are then coerced into providing their details or money to get out of the supposed trouble they’re in.

Commander McLean said there are also where the student is told they have to hide in a hotel room, provide compromising photos of themselves and cut off all contact.

This simulates a kidnapping.

“So having tricked the victims in Australia into providing the photographs, and money and documents and other , they then present the information back to the unknowing families in China to suggest that their who are abroad are in trouble,” Commander McLean said.

“So quite circular in a sense…very skilled, very cunning.”