Date
27 June 2017
A man claiming to be a government official from India told the student she needed to pay for him to follow up on the problem regarding her passport. Photos: HKEJ, Internet
A man claiming to be a government official from India told the student she needed to pay for him to follow up on the problem regarding her passport. Photos: HKEJ, Internet

Lingnan University student from India falls victim to phone scam

Police are investigating a phone scam in which a female student from India lost HK$12,000.

The 21-year-old student, a senior at the Lingnan University, told police that a man claiming to be from the Home Affairs Department called her on Monday afternoon, Ming Pao Daily reports.

The man said there was “something wrong” with her passport and asked for her personal information before transferring the call to another man who claimed to be a government official from India.

The “official” told her she needed to pay some money as guarantee fund for him to follow up on the problem regarding her passport.

Without verifying the two men’s identities, the student followed their instruction and deposited later that day about HK$12,000 into a bank account in India, news website hk01.com reported.

She later learned that the money had been withdrawn.

Since the two men have not called her again, the student realized she could have been swindled and reported the case to the police.

The Tuen Mun Police District, which is handling the case, said no one has been arrested yet.

The case, which has been listed as obtaining property by deception, suggests phone scammers have slightly revised their trick by claiming to be from the Home Affairs Department, instead of pretending to be from the Immigration Department as seen in similar cases in the past.

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