Phone scam artists targeting gullible Hongkongers are now claiming to be from the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority (MPFA) and the Monetary Authority, Ming Pao Daily reported on Thursday.
The MPFA recorded at least 16 cases of attempted fraud in July with callers claiming to be from the agency, up from six cases in June.
The callers sought their targets’ personal information, claiming they have investment tools to promote.
Some of the callers said they could help their targets get their MPF contributions even if they are not yet retiring, and sought fees for their service.
Fortunately, no one has fallen prey to their tricks.
Meanwhile, the Monetary Authority said it has received at least two calls from the public seeking to verify the identity of callers claiming to be from the agency.
The authority stressed that its staff would never ask anyone to provide sensitive personal information by phone or email.
Those who receive such calls should immediately ask the police for assistance to apprehend the impostors, it said.
Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung said his office is coordinating with public security bureaus in Beijing and Guangzhou to crack down on cross-border phone scams.
The authorities would establish contact points and regularly exchange intelligence, Lo said.
He also called on citizens to remain vigilant, adding that government agencies would never ask anyone to provide personal information via phone or email or transfer money to an unknown account.
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