Fake Customs investigation

A U. of I. student reported that he received a phone call in August from someone claiming that a package the student allegedly sent to China was stopped at Customs and was found to contain fake passports and credit cards. The student never sent a package. He was transferred to a second person claiming to be a Chinese police officer, who instructed the student to keep his webcam on at all times so that an investigations agent could keep track of him under threat of arrest and deportation. A series of calls occurred in September and October, during which the student was shown images of people he was told were co-conspirators in the crime, and the student was ordered to wire $115,000 to a third party to pay for bail. After doing so, the student called the Chinese Embassy, which told the student that there was no record of the allegations and the situation was a scam.