At least 71 fans of the Japanese manga series Sailor Moon have been victimized by a pair of suspected swindlers who disappeared after receiving money from them for the purchase of products based on the popular animation characters.
Police arrested the suspects, a 26-year-old man surnamed Tam and his 23-year-old female partner surnamed Cheng, in a flat in Tin Shui Wai.
An unspecified number of toys and other products based on the manga franchise were found in their home.
The victims, aged between 14 and 45, had given the couple a combined HK$45,000 for the purchase of the Sailor Moon items.
Tam said he is the owner of an online business while Cheng said she is jobless at the moment.
The two started to use their accounts on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram to “sell” Sailor Moon products.
They claimed they provided online shopping services that allow customers to acquire Sailor Moon products not even sold in Hong Kong.
The victims were told to send their payments to Tam’s bank account, with the amount for each transaction ranging from a few hundred dollars to a thousand dollars.
The couple gave various excuses for not delivering the orders, such as shipping delays or logistics problems.
The two later failed to answer calls from their clients.
The Tai Po District Crime Investigation Team joined hands with the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau to pursue the suspects and arrested them in their Tin Shui Wan on Tuesday.
Police took away the suspects’ computers, phones, invoices and Sailor Moon products for further investigation.
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