Date
26 May 2017
College students are the new targets of telephone scammers. They were victimized in five incidents in the past six days. Most of them are mainlanders. Photos: HKEJ, internet
College students are the new targets of telephone scammers. They were victimized in five incidents in the past six days. Most of them are mainlanders. Photos: HKEJ, internet

College student loses HK$730,000 in new phone scam case

A 22-year-old mainland Chinese student has lost HK$730,000 (US$94,193) to a scammer posing as a policeman who told her she was wanted by the law.

The woman, surnamed Feng, received a call from a man who introduced himself as a police officer and told her she was a suspect in a crime, Ming Pao Daily reports.

He told the Hong Kong Institute of Education student that her picture had been uploaded to a wanted list. 

The suspect’s claim checked out when Feng opened a link he had given her.    

The man then instructed her to cooperate with investigators and offered to help in exchange for 600,000 yuan which she should remit to a mainland account.

She complied and only then did she realize she had been scammed. She reported the incident to the police. 

It was the fifth incident in six days involving college students.

Earlier, two male and two female students, three of whom are mainlanders on exchange programs, lost a combined HK$310,000 to swindlers.

The scams continue despite a police campaign against telephone fraud.

Officers have been distributing flyers and an advertising video has been uploaded on Facebook in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

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