Police have arrested a Portuguese national after he was accused of swindling a Hong Kong woman of HK$1.5 million in a suspected romantic scam, news website hk01.com reports.
Investigation showed that the 58-year-old woman, surnamed Ng, met the 49-year-old man, identified as Luis, early last year at a Sham Shui Po restaurant, where she worked as a waitress.
After the woman fell for him, Luis started taking advantage of her by asking her for help with his financial problems, Ng said.
She told the police she had lent him a total of HK$1.5 million plus HK$150,000 worth of jewelry, before he started avoiding her.
A friend of hers warned her that he probably had no intention of paying her back, and this prompted her to seek police assistance.
When the man called her up again to borrow more money, she called the police, who arrested him on Saturday at the MTR Kowloon station, where he was supposed to meet Ng.
The man, a Hong Kong identification card holder, was found to have a criminal record, and was charged with obtaining property by deception, Ming Pao Daily reported.
Police called on citizens to be careful about strangers to avoid being defrauded, adding that they should be wary of friends who are always asking for financial assistance.
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