Date
22 September 2017
DHL has posted a warning on Facebook about suspicious calls after a Chinese woman was scammed out of HK$360,000 from her Harbourside home. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook
DHL has posted a warning on Facebook about suspicious calls after a Chinese woman was scammed out of HK$360,000 from her Harbourside home. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook

Here we go again: Chinese woman falls for phone scam

It had all the hallmarks of a phone scam you should have heard or read about countless times.

And you’d have thought the scam would have died from wear and tear, but apparently, it hasn’t.

That’s why it has claimed another victim — a 29-year-old woman who lost HK$360,000 (US$46,450) to a telephone fraudster.

The Chinese woman received a call in her Harbourside home in Kowloon from someone claiming to be a DHL messenger, according to Apple Daily.

The caller said a parcel she had recently sent had been involved in a crime.

Later, a man purporting to be from Interpol called to offer help for a fee.

The woman was told to input her bank account details on a website.

She called the police after finding that 298,000 yuan had been wired from her account to a bank in the mainland 

On Friday, a Malaysian student in the University of Hong Kong lost HK$90,000 under similar circumstances.

The incidents prompted DHL to post a warning on its Facebook page that it will not ask customers to disclose any private information.

It set up a reporting hotline (2400 3388) for suspicious calls.

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