Don't be extorted, always report it


2020-11-10 10:18 PST

File # 2020-43836

Burnaby RCMP’s Investigative Support Team (IST) is warning the public of a fraud where callers claiming to be Chinese government officials are attempting to extort money from you and your family.

The call often begins with an automated recording claiming to be a message from a service or company that may be familiar to the victim. Once the victim is put through to a live agent (the fraudster), the fraudster will attempt to convince the victim that they have been implicated in a criminal offence in China and that they will risk extradition by Chinese government officials if they do not cooperate with their demands.

The latest incident was reported to the Burnaby RCMP on November 1, 2020. Investigators were surprised to learn that the victim, who is a Chinese national studying in Canada, had been contacted by the fraudsters over the span of seven months as part of their scheme.

While telephone scams are nothing new, what is concerning is the level of sophistication and the persistence displayed by the suspects, says Corporal Freda Fong with Burnaby RCMP’s Investigative Support Team. This type of scam, also known as virtual extortion, tends to involve a group of suspects operating together in an elaborate scheme; thereby, creating a believable story.

In this case, the victim had accepted an automated call from what he believed to be a courier service. Once he was put through to a suspect posing to be an employee, that suspect then transferred the victim to a second suspect posing to be a Chinese police officer. Over several months, the suspects elicited personal information from the victim and ultimately demanded a large sum of money. The victim reported the incident to the Burnaby RCMP and did not suffer any loss.

More information can be found on the BC RCMP website at this link (available in Chinese).


Released by

Cpl. Michael Kalanj

Media Relations Officer
Burnaby RCMP (English only)
6355 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5G 2J2
Office: 604-646-9566
Fax: 604-646-9704


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