Date
25 July 2017
Fraudsters have stolen 1.4 million yuan from the wife of an HKUST teacher in the latest phone scam. Photos: HKEJ, internet
Fraudsters have stolen 1.4 million yuan from the wife of an HKUST teacher in the latest phone scam. Photos: HKEJ, internet

Oh no, not again: Fraudsters ring up 1.4 mln yuan scam

It’s getting tedious and tired but a spate of phone scams that has been sweeping Hong Kong in recent months isn’t about to go away.

The wife of a Hong Kong University of Science and Technology teacher must be feeling sorry she took a call from a stranger.

When it was all over, she had lost 1.45 million yuan (US$215,994).

The call came from a man claiming to be from a courier company who told her there was a problem with her parcel and that she was a suspect in a crime.

Then came another caller, this one posing as an Interpol agent, who offered help for a fee.

The woman, surnamed Koo, was asked to give her bank account details and that was the last time she heard from the caller.

When she checked her bank balance on Wednesday, she found 1.45 million yuan was missing and reported the discovery to the police.

Scammers have used variations on the same tactics in stealing millions from unsuspecting victims.

In some cases, they posed as officers from Hong Kong’s anti-corruption watchdog and even officials from China’s Liaison Office.  

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