(Last Updated On: March 30, 2022)

Reporting Chinese Scammers To China

Becoming Your Own Advocate

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There Are Many Countries That Seem To Protect Fraudsters!

Those Countries Do Not Seem To Care About Cybercriminals!

These include the following countries that actively sponsor or at least turn a blind eye:

  • Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and most of Western Asia
  • Russia
  • North Korea
  • Venezuela, Cuba, Belize, and many others in Latin America – Except for Brazil

Notice that we did not say China – the People’s Republic of China. That is because they have a very odd view of fraudsters. If they are stealing intellectual property from other countries then they are tolerant, but if they are involved in criminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. operations stealing people’s money they are deadly serious about it.

In fact, for the last 4 years – since SCARS met with the Ministry of State Security in Zhuhai in December of 2017, the PRC has led the world in scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. arrests. Almost 50% of all scammer arrests worldwide are in China or led by Chinese security operations in nearby countries such as Cambodia or Bhutan.

In 2019 nearly 99,000 scammers were arrested by the Chinese, which included the repatriation of Chinese citizens arrested in other countries for cybercrimeCybercrime Cybercrime is a crime related to technology, computers, and the Internet. Typical cybercrime are performed by a computer against a computer, or by a hacker using software to attack computers or networks.. 2020 was lower, but in 2021 almost 80,000 were arrested.

The Chinese take this more seriously than any country, but they make it almost impossible to report these crimes.

However, There Is A Process

China responds to issues of national pride, and criminals victimizing people outside and inside China is of national concern to them. Therefore, the solution is to make it a question of pride!

Are You The Victim Of A Chinese Online Criminal?

The first question is are you a victim of Chinese Scammers?

Did you send money to China, Hong Kong, or Macau? Did you send money to Chinese names in Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Bhutan, Myanmar, or Mongolia? The simple way to be more certain is by the language – did they speak Chinese? Did they have a Chinese name?

In the case of most Pig ButcheringPig Butchering Sha Zhu Pan 殺主盤 “Pig Butchering” This is a scam type that originated in China involving the scammer developing a relationship with the victim - sometimes romantic sometimes not - and leading the victim to invest in a fake company or asset. These typically target smart younger women. scamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost., especially targeting Asians, the answer is probably yes. You probably sent the money to a web or phone app for the fake investment, but that was probably being run by Chinese criminals.

There are other types of scams that are typically run by Chinese criminal cartels too, such as Macau scams.

If you suspect or know that you were victimized by Chinese Scammers, then you should attempt this process.

Remember, Reporting Is Not Easy

Reporting your crime is hard, regardless of where the criminals are. However, it represents an important break from the scamScam A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. – this is your major opportunity to take control back from the scam and scammers. To assert your power and control over the situation.

It is important to report the crime to your local policeLocal Police The Local Police is your first responder in most countries. In most English-speaking countries and in Europe report to them first. In other countries look for your national cybercrime police units to report scams to. In the U.S., Canada, & Australia, you must report to the local police first.. While the police may not be cooperative, demand that they give you a Police Report Number – this is your proof that there was a crime, but it is also important so the police will begin to understand how large a problem this is. Right now less than 3% of victims report these crimes – mostly out of fear of the scammers, discovery by family or friends, and out of shameShame Shame is an unpleasant self-conscious emotion typically associated with a negative evaluation of the self; withdrawal motivations; and feelings of distress, exposure, mistrust, powerlessness, and worthlessness. – but none of these matter!

Reporting is something that must be done, for your own control and self-respect, and because it is your duty as a citizen! By not reporting these crimes you are enabling the scammers to scam the next few hundred victims. It may not stop them at once, but if we could get to 10% reporting things would change!

After all, sexual assault victims learned to overcome their guilt and shame to report the majority of these crimes. Domestic abuse victims learned to report their crimes, and you can too!

Basic Reporting

The first step for every scam victim – of Chinese Scammers or not – is to report to the U.S. FTCFTC The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent agency of the United States government whose principal mission is the enforcement of civil (non-criminal) U.S. antitrust law and the promotion of consumer protection. The FTC can also act as a clearinghouse for criminal reports sent to other agencies for investigation and prosecution. To learn more visit www.FTC.gov or to report fraud visit ReportFraud.FTC.gov at https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/?orgcode=SCARS and on www.Anyscam.com, then to your local or national police – see our directory for them.

Chinese Scammers Reporting

This is going to be different because you will be reporting to the Chinese government by email. Do not expect an immediate response.

The Strategy is to send an email reporting the scam to two different agencies: 1) the Chinese Government and 2) to the nearest Chinese Embassy.

Step 1: Organize Your Information

Organize the critical information to send in your email reports.

  • None of the dialog or lies – ONLY HARD FACTS
  • Websites & AppsApps Applications or Apps An application (software), commonly referred to as an ‘app’ is a program on a computer, tablet, mobile phone or device. Apps are designed for specific tasks, including checking the weather, accessing the internet, looking at photos, playing media, mobile banking, etc. Many apps can access the internet if needed and can be downloaded (used) either for a price or for free. Apps are a major point of vulnerability on all devices. Some are designed to be malicious, such as logging keystrokes or activity, and others can even transport malware. Always be careful about any app you are thinking about installing.
  • Email and other contact information (such as phone numbers)
  • Social Media account links – a name is not enough, you need the actual link to the social media profiles or other identifiers
  • WhatsApp or WeChat or GoogleMeet account names or numbers
  • Money Transfer details – how much when, and by what mechanism or company
  • How much money was lost
  • Include your full contact information

Step 2: Send the Governmental Email

Send a full clear and concise report in an email to  english@mail.gov.cn

This email address is a general mailbox where emails will be forwarded to appropriate government agencies.

Include all of the information above, and at the very beginning indicate: “To the Attention of the Ministry of Public Security”

Indicate that you are reporting a CRIME, specifically FRAUDFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. – do not use the word scam or scammers. It is a FRAUD and they are criminals.

Explain in clear terms how this crime has affected you emotionally and financially.

Sign it with your full name and contact details – this is a report of a crime.

Step 3: Send An Email To The Nearest Chinese Embassy

Here are the groupings of the Chinese Embassies around the world:

Chinese Embassies

Chinese Consulates General

Each embassy has an email address for the General Consul or the Ambassador. Address your email to them.

Do the same as you did for the report sent to the general governmental email address, but this time, address it “To The Attention of the Honorable Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China”.

Please keep in mind that these are links on Chinese government websites so they may become obfuscated (inoperative or changed). To find the latest – assuming one of them does not work – visit the Chinese Foreign Ministry here: https://www.fmprc.gov.cn/

Summary

You may not get any level of satisfaction in the way of a response. But that is NOT why it is important to report these crimes. You report them because it is your duty, and to retake control back from the scam and scammers.

This may not seem like a very effective mechanism to report fraudsters, but if there were a million such reports it would get very high-level attention. It is really up to you to be a part of the solution or to enable scammers to continue what they are doing. This is your choice.

Please make the effort to report these!

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