Date
29 May 2017
In the new smartphone scam, the sender identifies herself as the lover of the recipient's husband and asks the recipient to press a link which downloads a malicious application. Photos: Bloomberg, Headline Daily
In the new smartphone scam, the sender identifies herself as the lover of the recipient's husband and asks the recipient to press a link which downloads a malicious application. Photos: Bloomberg, Headline Daily

New smartphone scam sets infidelity trap to steal passwords

Hong Kong people have been warned of a new smartphone scam in which victims are prompted to download a malicious computer program that would steal their password for online banking or e-payment transactions, Headline Daily reported on Friday.

Wong Chun-bun, a manager at the Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team (HKCERT), said the scam apparently originated from the mainland, where many victims have been reported.

One victim, from Zhongshan in Guangdong province, was said to have lost HK$40,000 from such a scam, in which the sender identified herself as the girlfriend of the recipient’s husbad.

The sender claimed she was deeply in love with the recipient’s husband and they were getting married soon.

The sender then challenged the recipient to click on a link which was said to contain pictures of her with the recipient’s husband.

The would-be victim then clicked on the link out of curiosity, thus activating the malware.

The stories given by the scammers vary but all are intended to steal their target’s personal data.

Wong recommended that if anyone should receive such a message, they should verify it with the people mentioned in the text message.

If they have unfortunately clicked on the link, they should immediately change their online bank password, reset their smartphone and install anti-virus apps, Wong said.

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