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ALERT: Scam callers impersonating Chinese Consulate

photo of road signs imprinted with word scam

Over the past few weeks, Library and Technology Services (LTS) has been working with Lehigh’s telecommunications carrier to block calls from people claiming to be from the Chinese Consulate. Calls have been received through both the new Cisco and legacy campus phone systems.

If you receive a call like this, simply hang up. The call is designed to scare you into sharing personal information or sending money. NEVER reveal personal information such as social security or other national identification numbers, credit card details, banking information, or any type of password over the phone to unexpected callers.

The automated calls, often in Mandarin, deliver a message stating that a document or package addressed to the person called is waiting to be picked up at the consulate.

Here is an example of an actual call received at Lehigh (translated):

“This is the final call from the consulate of the People's Republic of China in the United
States of America that you have an urgent document that could affect your departure
and re-entry.“

Read more about this scam on the Federal Communications Commission’s website.

If you have any questions, please contact LTS Information Security at security@lehigh.edu or 610-758-3838. If you are a student with concerns related to your visa, please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars at intnl@lehigh.edu or 610-758-4859.

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