Date
23 July 2017
Police are investigating a fraud and impersonation case after a domestic worker was cheated out of HK$500 for jaywalking. Photo: Google Maps
Police are investigating a fraud and impersonation case after a domestic worker was cheated out of HK$500 for jaywalking. Photo: Google Maps

Filipino maid falls victim to fake police after jaywalking

A domestic worker is reported to have been conned out of HK$500 by two men posing as police officers on a Hong Kong street Tuesday.

The victim, who is from the Philippines, fell prey to scamsters after she crossed an intersection at a Sai Wan street when the red light was on, according to Apple Daily.

Accosting the woman, two men claiming to be police officers asked her to pay a fine for jaywalking.

Warned that she will be taken to a police station if she doesn’t pay up, the Filipino shelled out HK$500.

The incident is said to have taken place shortly before 5 pm near the intersection of Sands Street and Belcher’s Street.

The men were wearing brown-colored shirts with the word “POLICE” emblazoned on them.

The domestic worker didn’t doubt the men’s identities at that time, but later began to have some suspicions.

After reaching home, she narrated the incident to her employer.

The employer, who lives at a private estate along Pok Fu Lam Road, was convinced that the two men were scamsters and not real police officers.

The matter was reported to the police, who have now launched an investigation.

Headline Daily quoted a lawyer as saying that the two men, if caught, could face a jail term of up to 14 years for fraud and impersonation.

The lawyer, a person named Albert Luk Wai-hung, reminded the public that law enforcement officers in Hong Kong never ask citizens to pay fines right on the spot.

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