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Phone scam advisory: Fraudulent message appears to impersonate Chinese Consulate

Filed in News and announcements by on September 5, 2018

The International Center warns all MU students, staff and faculty to beware of a fraudulent message impersonating the Chinese Consulate. The following email was sent to all MU international students and scholars regarding the message.


Dear MU international students and scholars,

Have you been contacted recently by someone saying they’re representing the China Consulate in the United States? If so, please take precautions as this is most likely a scam and a fraudulent effort to induce you to disclose personal information. In addition to a report by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, several MU faculty, staff and students have recently reported to the MU International Center they’ve received a call or a voice message stating in Mandarin:

“This is the final reminder from the Chinese Consulate General. You have an urgent and important document in the consulate, it will soon affect your border entry and exit. To speak to a representative, please press 9, and again, to speak to a representative, please press 9.”

If you have encountered this or other similar types of scam emails or phone calls, please report them through the MU Information Technology office by emailing abuse@missouri.edu. If you have fallen victim to a scam, please contact your international student or scholar adviser for guidance and support.

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