Date
24 July 2017
Brochures are distributed at a police booth to warn people against a pervasive telephone scam. Some fraudsters pose as employees of  Shenzhen-based courier SF Express (inset). Photos: HKEJ, XInhua
Brochures are distributed at a police booth to warn people against a pervasive telephone scam. Some fraudsters pose as employees of Shenzhen-based courier SF Express (inset). Photos: HKEJ, XInhua

Three lose HK$21 mln as phone scammers strike again

Three people have lost a combined HK$21 million (US$2.7 million) to scammers who posed as a policeman and an employee of Shenzhen-based courier SF Express.

One of the victims, a 43-year-old Hong Kong-based mainland businesswoman, said she lost HK$15.3 million after the culprits raided her bank account, Apple Daily reports. 

The woman, surnamed Sun, said she was contacted by a person claiming to be an SF Express employee who told her a fake passport had been found in her parcel.

The call was transferred to a man who introduced himself as a mainland public security official.

Sun was told she was a suspect in a money laundering case and was shown a copy of an arrest warrant online.

She was offered help in exchange for money.

Sun said she agreed when the suspect asked for her bank details including her password.

Later, she found out that HK$15.3 million had been taken from her account.

A 29-year-old investment banker from Taiwan, surnamed Cheng, told police she was swindled out of HK$6.3 million.

A third victim, a 21-year-old university student from the mainland, surnamed Lu, said she lost HK$97,000.

Police have classified the three cases as fraud and obtaining property by deception.

Meanwhile, actress Carina Lau told an event on Saturday that she nearly fell in a similar scam.

SF Express (Hong Kong) general manager Wong Kin-kai said the company never asks customers for personal information or connect their calls to law enforcement officers.

It said it will send out brochures to warn people.

Hong Kong police have taken the unusual step of distributing warning flyers in MTR stations and other public areas after a surge in telephone fraud cases in recent months.

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