Date
22 July 2017
A Russian professor from the Hong Kog University of Science and Technology is beside himself with remorse after losing money in a get-rich-quick scheme tied to an alleged Google lottery. Photo: HK government
A Russian professor from the Hong Kog University of Science and Technology is beside himself with remorse after losing money in a get-rich-quick scheme tied to an alleged Google lottery. Photo: HK government

Russian professor loses HK$640,000 in e-mail scam

A Russian university professor is HK$640,000 (US$82,523) poorer after he fell for a get-rich-quick e-mail scam.

The 66-year-old academic from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology told police he received an e-mail that he was the winner of £2 million (US$2.6 million) in a Google lucky draw, Sing Tao Daily reports.

He was required to pay an administration fee before he could claim the prize.

The victim wired the money in five tranches to a bank account in Cambodia.

Only then did he realize he had been conned, investigators said.

Kwun Tong police are handling the case which has been listed as fraud.

In reply to media inquiries, Google said it knows nothing about the lottery or any such activity and warned users to report suspicious e-mails immediately.

Meanwhile, a 39-year-old Mong Kok woman said she was cheated out of 310,000 yuan (US$46.470) by phone scammers posing as government officials.

She lost the money after she gave her mainland bank account details to the suspects, police said.

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