Date
21 October 2017
In the latest telephone scam case, an elderly woman initially received a call from a man claiming to be from Hongkong Post, according to reports. Photos: Internet
In the latest telephone scam case, an elderly woman initially received a call from a man claiming to be from Hongkong Post, according to reports. Photos: Internet

Elderly woman cheated out of HK$20 mln in phone scam

A 73-year-old woman is said to have been cheated out of HK$20 million in what could be the largest ever single telephone scam case involving a Hong Kong resident.

The woman told the police that she had been contacted by a man over the phone and informed that she was caught up in a case in the mainland. According to i-Cable TV, the man claimed to be an official with Hongkong Post.

Later, another man spoke to her on the telephone on the same matter. Claiming to be from a Chinese law enforcement agency, the man instructed the elderly woman to transfer HK$20 million to a mainland bank account to resolve the case, RTHK reported.

The woman then transferred the money in a series of transactions. Subsequently, she discussed the matter with her family members and it was only then that she realized that she had been conned.

The police were then approached and a complaint lodged.

Detectives from the Wan Chai police station are now investigating the case.

In related news, China’s Ministry of Public Security is holding an inter-departmental meeting in Beijing to discuss ways to combat phone scams by people claiming to be from mainland government organizations. Hong Kong police representatives are also attending the meeting.

Meanwhile, some representatives from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) are visiting Guangdong Public Security Department to get first-hand information regarding the latest modus operandi of the phone scammers.

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