26 March 2019
After arresting the two suspects, police found 40 fake credit cards (inset). Photos:
After arresting the two suspects, police found 40 fake credit cards (inset). Photos:

Suspected triad members held in fake-credit-card scam

Police arrested two suspected triad members after they tried to buy Apple iTunes gift cards with forged credit cards, Apple Daily reported Thursday.

On of the duo, surnamed Lee, 32, is jobless and believed to be from the Sun Yee On gang.

The other, surnamed Lau, 30, is reportedly a warehouse worker and believed to be from the 14K gang.

They were new acquaintances, police sources told the newspaper.

The pair started an operation to produce fake credit cards to be used in the purchase of iTunes gift cards valued at between HK$1,000 (US$128.90) and HK$5,000 each, which could be conveniently resold, especially to young consumers.

The Commercial Crime Bureau had reportedly been monitoring Lee and Lau for some time after receiving intelligence from informers.

The two suspects went to three convenience stores in San Po Kong and tried to buy iTunes gift cards with their fake credit cards. None of the transactions went through.

Officers who were lying in wait arrested the pair Tuesday night and took them to an industrial building unit on 18 Ng Fong Street.

Police found 40 fake credit cards, a credit card reader and a credit card embosser.

The blank credit cards were from mainland China, police said, and the two suspects embossed the cards in Hong Kong.

Police are not ruling out more arrests as the search for the mastermind of the criminal operation continues.

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