The Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government has assured Hong Kong residents it will never send them messages by phone.
An official said the liaison office and mainland public security and procuratorial authorities have never sent such messages nor will they do so in future.
The official warned Hongkongers in a statement to be on the alert for phone scams involving fake mainland officials and fake police, Ming Pao Daily reported.
Dozens of Hongkongers have reported receiving a phone message from someone claiming to be an official with the liaison office, asking them to call the office back at a number given in the message.
When the victim of the scam calls the number, someone else, pretending to be a mainland police officer, says he or she is wanted by police on suspicion of laundering money.
The fake cop says the victim could face months of imprisonment.
A third swindler, pretending to be a mainland prosecutor, orders the victim to transfer money to a designated account.
In the statement from the liaison office, the official urged people to call the Hong Kong police immediately if they encounter such scams.
Police cases involving fraudulent telephone calls in Hong Kong rose 16 percent in the first half of the year from the same period last year.
The largest category involved swindlers pretending to be mainland officials.
The number of these cases soared 50-fold to 200 in the first half from just four in the same period last year.
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