Date
27 May 2017
Phone scammers have been using SF Express to swindle parcel senders. The latest incident involves a Hong Kong man who was conned out of 1.7 million yuan. Photo: CNSA
Phone scammers have been using SF Express to swindle parcel senders. The latest incident involves a Hong Kong man who was conned out of 1.7 million yuan. Photo: CNSA

Man loses 1.7 mln yuan in ‘SF Express’ phone scam

Hong Kong police are pressing their investigation into a phone scam in which a man lost 1.7 million yuan (US$273,741) to swindlers posing as a courier and a policeman.

The 40-year-old man, surnamed Lai, said he discovered the money missing from his bank account after being directed to a fake website, according to Sing Tao Daily.

Lai said he was following instructions from a man claiming to be an employee of Shenzhen-based courier SF Express who told him fake credit cards had been found in a package he sent.

The man put Lai to another suspect, posing as a police officer, who confirmed the find.

The suspects offered to sort out the problem for a fee and instructed him to transfer the money to a designated account. 

It was the second such case this month.

A Hong Kong man narrowly avoided being scammed out HK$300,000 when his computer screen displayed an error message during a bank transfer and flagged the fake website.

A police spokesman said 200 reports of phone scams using fake identities of mainland officials had been received in the first six months of the year compared with just four in the same period last year, according to reports.

Victims lost a total of 26.79 million yuan compared with 1.08 million yuan in the same period last year.

This HK man was a few keystrokes from losing big money to a scam (July 9, 2015)

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