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Thursday, October 6, 2016, 23:02

Phone scam: Woman swindled out of HK$9m in HK


HONG KONG – A woman was swindled out of HK$9 million in a telephone scam —becoming the latest victim of a spate of telephone scams which are plaguing the city.

The woman reported the case to the Immigration Department on Thursday morning.

Earlier she got a call, where a man over the phone pretending to be a law enforcement officer on the Chinese mainland told her she was involved in a criminal case.

The woman was then relayed to another “official” over the phone who asked for her bank account details.

Under the direction of the second “official”, the woman transferred a total of HK$9 million into a mainland account.

In a separate case, an 18-year-old student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong was reportedly duped out of more than HK$500,000 in a similar scam last month.

In many cases, fraudsters pose as mainland officials or couriers. Therefore, greater caution is needed when people receive calls involving money transactions.

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