Date
16 December 2017
The would-be victim immediately realized it was a phone scam. Photos: HKEJ, Internet
The would-be victim immediately realized it was a phone scam. Photos: HKEJ, Internet

Phone scam artist jailed for trying to swindle student

This is probably one of the most witless swindling attempts in the annals of Hong Kong crime.

20-year-old student from North Point received a phone call in July, and even before he could speak, he heard a man crying for help, Apple Daily reported.

The young man, surnamed Cheung, then heard the voice of another man on the line, telling him that his son owed him HK$230,000. The man threatened to cut off his son’s feet unless he paid off the debt.

It could be scary and all, except that Cheung doesn’t have a son. He’s just a student.

Cheung immediately realized it was a phone scam. He changed his voice to pretend to be an old woman and asked that he be given time to gather the amount.

After the man agreed and hung up, Cheung called the police, who arrived at his home and waited for the swindler’s call.

When the man called again, the two negotiated and agreed to lower the ransom to HK$100,000.

Cheung was told to go to an exit of the MTR Prince Edward Station in Kowloon and wait for the man.

Cheung arrived at the meeting place, with an envelope filled with fake Hong Kong dollar notes provided by the police.

Meanwhile, police officers were all over the place and noticed a man keeping a close watch on Cheung.

They arrested the man after he approached Cheung and picked up the money.

The Wan Chai district court on Tuesday sentenced the man, surnamed Huang, to two years and 10 months in jail.

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