By Erica Johnson · CBC News ·

Vivien Zheng says she will never forget the phone call that led to losing her family’s entire life savings — $340,000.

The 43-year-old was rushing to her job, selling jewelry behind the counter in a downtown Vancouver department store, when her cellphone rang. 

The caller said she was an employee at the Chinese Consulate in Vancouver, read off Zheng’s driver’s licence number, and told her she was a suspect in an international money-laundering scam.

“I was very surprised she had my driver’s licence number, because it was only one month old,” Zheng told Go Public. “I was scared to death.”

Only it wasn’t actually an employee at the consulate. 

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