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Single mum loses $200k to scammers posing as Chinese officials


By Liu Chen of RNZ

An Auckland single mum has to work two jobs to support her family after losing $200,000 to scammers posing as Chinese officials.

Netsafe said hundreds of thousands of dollars have been lost in the past two years to what’s known as the “Chinese embassy scam”.

Auckland woman Wendy (a pseudonym) received a call after dinner in early May.

The caller claimed he was from Shanghai Communications Administration and Wendy was involved in sending scam text messages in China.

Though originally from Guangzhou in south China, Wendy has not been back in years.

She was suspicious at first but they managed to dupe her as they knew her name and other details.

“They must have gone through some training as the way they talked, the tone, all sounded very similar to those from the authorities… It sounded very authoritative and convincing. Even the language and terms they used sounded very official.”

She explained that it…

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