Warning: ‘Sophisticated’ extortion scam targeting Chinese nationals

The Chinese community is being urged to be vigilant with a sophisticated extortion scam targeting Chinese nationals in Australia.

Police issued the warning on Wednesday, after a Chinese tourist in Cairns was contacted by scammers claiming to be Chinese government officials.

“The scammers claimed the tourist was implicated in crimes and demanding large sums of money, while simultaneously his family in China were sent photos of him appearing to have been kidnapped and demanding a ransom,” Qld Police said.


“While there has only been one case of this particularly complex scam in Queensland, it is a timely reminder for all Queenslanders to be vigilant of the risk posed by cyber crimes and scams.”

People are also being urged to take care with their privacy on social media, with criminal groups often using social media channels to gather information on potential victims.

If you believe that you are being targeted by this kind of activity or have information for police, contact PoliceLink on 131 444 or report it to ScamWatch.