Date
21 January 2017
A letter (right) from the ICAC went viral on the internet. Photos: Xinhua, internet
A letter (right) from the ICAC went viral on the internet. Photos: Xinhua, internet

Amid paranoia about scams, ICAC letter suspected of being fake

Hongkongers are getting paranoid about scams by people posing as mainland officials, postmen or workers from other government departments.

It’s got to the point where a letter from the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) was suspected of being part of a scam, Apple Daily reported Monday.

A photo of the letter went viral on the internet on Sunday.

Netizens debated whether it was a genuine communication from the graftbusters or a new wrinkle in the scams besetting the city.

The letter, which bears the commission’s letterhead and the date and time of a visit from ICAC officers, requested that the recipient get in touch with one of the two officers listed.

No one answered the phone when reporters tried calling the numbers.

Some netizens said the ICAC would not try to contact people this way.

Eventually, the ICAC confirmed that it was a standard letter of the kind it issues when people they are looking for are unavailable and it does not have their phone numbers.

The reason the ICAC phone numbers went unanswered was that it was a Sunday.

The ICAC said anyone in doubt about any written communication received from the agency could call its 24-hour hotline at 2526 6366.

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