A 32-year-old woman has been arrested for deception after soliciting cash from passers-by, claiming she lost her belongings.
The woman, surnamed Poon, had been conning unsuspecting pedestrians for up to HK$200 (US$25.80) for more than a year in Hong Kong’s Tai Po District, Metro Daily reported Thursday.
Poon told them she was sick and had lost her belongings and needed a loan which she promised to repay. She gave fake addresses and contact numbers.
Poon was arrested after seven victims complained to the police.
They said Poon told them she had lost her wallet and needed money for a taxi in order to attend to an emergency. In all, they lost HK$300.
Residents said they noticed Poon hustling people for money, initially HK$100 at a time and later up to HK$200, the report said.
Some netizens posted her picture online and called her the “HK$200 woman”.
Poon was arrested on Wednesday in her home in Fu Heng Estate.
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