A man and three other persons, including his wife and mother, were arrested on Wednesday in connection with a HK$3.6 million cheating case.
Police picked up a 35-year-old man surnamed Chu, along with his wife, from an apartment in Mong Kok following a complaint from a young woman that she was cheated in an online dating scam.
Chu was said to have met the victim, a 24-year-old woman who bears the surname Sin, through a dating site and coaxed her into handing over money for purported investments.
After getting the money over two months until May, Chu was said to have broken contact with Sin, prompting the latter to lodge a complaint of cheating.
According to the police, Chu’s wife, 28, is suspected to be involved in the scam.
In the couple’s rented unit in Mong Kok, officers recovered more than HK$600,000 worth of cash, jewelry and other valuables.
Two vehicles — a Mercedes-Benz worth HK$300,000 and a second-hand SUV — were impounded on suspicion that the cars were purchased using the money of the victim.
Meanwhile, police also took into custody Chu’s mother and a male friend of the suspect for handling stolen goods, Apple Daily reported.
Chu’s mother was apprehended at her home in Tin Shui Wai.
She was found in possession of HK$300,000 worth of gold ornaments and HK$800,000 in her bank accounts, which were believed to be related to the case.
Another person, believed to be a friend of the couple, was arrested in Sau Mau Ping, Kwun Tong, on suspicion of handling stolen goods.
Senior Inspector Cheung Chun-long from Yuen Long’s crime investigation unit said Chu, who has been dubbed by the media as “catfish”, was believed to have used a dating app to get in touch with Sin and her elder sister in March.
After befriending Sin, who is a pastry chef, he asked her to hand over money so that he can make some investments for her.
As Sin told him about her plans to buy a new home, Chu is said to have told her that he can invest her money for some excellent return.
When Chu broke contact later, the young woman realized that she had been taken for a ride.
Translation by Chloe Chow
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