Police Issue warning to Chinese students following the rise in ‘virtual kidnappings’

The Australian Police Force together with Chinese authorities and universities is warning members of the community about an elaborate phone scam targeting Chinese students, known globally as a ‘virtual kidnapping’.

A ‘virtual kidnapping’ is a sophisticated extortion scam that involves young victims faking their own kidnappings following phone calls from fraudsters – who then demand ransom payments for their safe release from relatives.

If you have received such scam calls, please don’t get engaged, and report the scam to the University (Speak Up on 03 9479 8988 or International Student Services on 03 9479 1199 or 24 Hour Student Hotline 1800 758 360, or the Police on 000) immediately. You are not alone, and we are here to support you.