Date
23 March 2017
The woman's troubles began after she made a purchase on Taobao. Photo: Bloomberg
The woman's troubles began after she made a purchase on Taobao. Photo: Bloomberg

HK woman cheated out of HK$540,000 after shopping online

A woman was cheated out of about HK$540,000 (US$70,000) after she made a purchase on online shopping platform Taobao, Apple Daily reported Friday.

The 35-year-old woman, surnamed Wong, who lives in Yuen Long, received a call from a swindler who pretended to be a courier hired by Taobao, the report said.

The man said her parcel contained several credit cards, which police suspected of being used for money laundering.

Another of the swindlers, pretending to be a policeman, demanded over the phone that Wong provide her bank account to allow police to check it to prove her innocence, the report said.

Wong did as she was told and logged onto a fake bank website to which they directed her, and put in her personal information.

Later, astonished to find that her bank deposits, worth a total of 433,000 yuan (US$70,000) had been stolen and the website had been shut down, she called police.

Police said they are tracing the whereabouts of the swindlers and stolen deposits.

Similar cases are common in the mainland.

One victim was Tang Wei, the leading actress in Ang Lee’s 2007 film Lust, Caution, who reportedly lost 210,000 yuan in a telephone fraud.

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