Date
25 May 2017
Yung is trying to get back the money scammed from her by a man she had met on Facebook but not in real life. Photo: HKEJ, Facebook
Yung is trying to get back the money scammed from her by a man she had met on Facebook but not in real life. Photo: HKEJ, Facebook

Woman loses HK$2.15 mln to Facebook ‘friend’

A Hong Kong woman is trying to get back HK$2.15 million (US$277,000) from a foreign man she chatted with online but had never met, Apple Daily reported Friday.

The woman, surnamed Yung, who works as a clerk, said in a writ filed with the High Court that she received a message saying “Hi” on her Facebook account in August last year from the man, who called himself George Dylan, but she ignored it.

After she received the same message from the man in October, she replied to him.

They became friends and exchanged email addresses and mobile phone numbers so that they could chat in WhatsApp.

Yung said the man told her in an email Nov. 23 that he was in danger because the ship he worked on was at risk of being looted by sea pirates near Malaysia.

He wrote that he would send her a parcel with all his savings, 295,000 pounds (US$414,500), in it and said he hoped she would keep it safe for him.

Yung then gave him her postal address.

Soon afterward, she received a call from a man who claimed to work for a Malaysian courier company and asked her to pay HK$2.15 million as an administration fee before the parcel could be delivered.

After negotiations, she deposited that amount in December into an account at Hang Seng Bank under the name Winshine Inc. Ltd., which was later found to be registered in India.

Yung never received the parcel and finally realized she had been swindled.

She reported the case to Yuen Long Police Station.

Yung hopes the court can help her get her money back, along with compensation.

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