Date
20 January 2017
Fraudsters used Alan Wong's pictures to open a Facebook account under the name of Li Jian and tricked a Taiwanese woman into transferring some money. Photos: Facebook
Fraudsters used Alan Wong's pictures to open a Facebook account under the name of Li Jian and tricked a Taiwanese woman into transferring some money. Photos: Facebook

Ex-TV anchor says police didn’t accept complaint on online scam

Former TVB anchor Alan Wong Tai-kwan has accused the police of not accepting a complaint over an online investment scam that involved the fraudulent use of his pictures.

Wong told Ming Pao Daily that he visited a police station in Tsim Sha Tsui on Wednesday to alert them about an incident in which conmen tricked a Taiwanese woman into making an “investment”.

But the police refused to take his statement, according to Wong. 

The reason the police gave for their action was that Wong was the wrong person to file the complaint as he was not the victim.

If a statement is to be recorded, it should come from the Taiwanese woman, the police are said to have argued.

The developments came after fraudsters used Wong’s pictures to open a Facebook account under the name of Li Jian, proclaiming him to be a senior executive of a brokerage named Chief Securities.

After putting up the fake online profile, the fraudsters solicited investments from unsuspecting netizens, offering good returns on their money.

A Taiwanese woman lost US$10,000 (HK$78,000) to a conman after following his instructions and transferring the amount to an HSBC bank account.

Wong told Ming Pao that it is the third time this year that fraudsters stole his photos and used them to befriend people online.

Apart from the Taiwanese woman, two Chinese women — one living in Malaysia and the other in Vietnam — had been approached by the fraudsters earlier. Luckily both those woman realized the scam in time and did not transfer any money.

After filing a case along with the woman from Malaysia in March, Wong went to the police station Wednesday to report the matter about the con job related to the Taiwanese woman.

But the officers refused to take his statement, he said, adding that he was very disappointed at the way the police handled the matter.

The report quoted a lawyer as saying that one does not have to be a victim to report a matter to the police. A witness can do so, too, the lawyer pointed out.

But as for the issue involving Wong, the police may have been reluctant to take a statement due to lack of sufficient evidence, he said.

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