Chinese students warned over cash demand scam
7 June 2018, 17:06 | Updated: 7 June 2018, 17:07
Police have warned Chinese students to be vigilant after a man was scammed out of thousands of pounds.
The 24-year-old, a student at Stirling University, was contacted by someone claiming to be from the Chinese authorities on Sunday.
The caller said the victim was subject to criminal investigation and unless a five-figure sum of money was paid, an international arrest warrant would be sought.
The victim was directed to a website and paid the cash to the suspect.
Officers have urged other Chinese students to be aware of the scam and to come forward if they have been targeted.
Superintendent David Pettigrew, from the national safer communities division at Police Scotland, said: "At this time, this seems to be the only reported incident of this kind in this area, which has been reported to Police Scotland.
"However, there may be other victims who do not know they have been defrauded and so haven't come forward.
"Similar scams have been reported in England and Australia previously, and we want to raise awareness within our universities to prevent more Chinese students being affected."
Police have warned the public to never provide personal information to unsolicited callers or email contacts.
Mr Pettigrew added: "We are treating this matter with the utmost seriousness and would urge anyone with any information that can assist our inquiries, or who has fallen victim to this crime, to contact police immediately."