Chinese students in Australia are being warned about a rising global scam known as ‘virtual kidnapping’, with at least $3.2 million scammed from victims in Australia in the last seven months.
The elaborate phone scam involves fraudsters posing as Chinese authorities and convincing victims to fake their own kidnapping, then obtaining ransom payments from relatives.
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Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world’s sixth-largest country by total area.