The Chinese embassy in Britain on Friday issued a warning on its website of telecom fraud in the name of Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General.
"Recently, the Chinese Embassy in the UK received phone calls reporting telephone fraud, in which scammers displayed their phone numbers as the Chinese Embassy in the UK (beginning with 44-20-7299) and fabricated kidnappings or accidents, notification of letters or parcels, notification of expiration of passports or other documents," said the embassy in a statement.
The embassy said that it has repeatedly issued warnings against such telecom fraud in the name of Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General, and has reported such fraudulent calls to the British police.
"The Embassy would like to once again remind that if anyone receives a suspected fraudulent call, please hang up immediately for self-protection.
"Please also be advised to contact the Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General in the UK to verify the situation if this is deemed necessary. In the unfortunate event of falling victim to such scams, they should immediately report the case to the police," said the statement.
Just on Wednesday, the embassy warned that Chinese students in Britain are being targeted in a new and two-way scam, cautioning the students to remain vigilant.
According to the warning, a number of such cases have been reported to the authorities recently. The embassy suggested that should Chinese students face such situation, they should call British police or the emergency telephone number for help and contact the Chinese embassy or consulate in Britain to verify the situation.