Date
24 May 2017
At least six people fell prey to scammers after receiving phone calls purporting to be from mainland police. One of the victims lives in Tai Wo Hau Estate in Kwai Chung. Photos: Wikipedia, baidu
At least six people fell prey to scammers after receiving phone calls purporting to be from mainland police. One of the victims lives in Tai Wo Hau Estate in Kwai Chung. Photos: Wikipedia, baidu

Woman loses cash to phone scam involving fake mainland cops

Hong Kong police have raised an alert after at least six people fell victim to swindlers posing as police officers in the mainland in just three days last week.

Four women and two men, five of whom are under 30, lost more than HK$3.6 million (US$461,986) to the scammers, Apple Daily reports.

The incidents took place between Thursday and Saturday.

In one case, a 28-year-old accountant, surnamed Liu, was defrauded of 1 million yuan (US$144,920).

She told police that a man who claimed to be an employee of Shenzhen-based courier SF Express called her at work on Tuesday and said a package for her had been involved in a criminal case in the mainland.

The man then put her to another suspect, posing as a mainland police officer, who asked her to deposit 1 million yuan in several tranches in a mainland bank account.

After she made the deposit, the fake police officer further demanded that she install an app on her phone and personal computer and input the account information.

She did not realize she had been scammed until she found all the money in the account was gone on Saturday, according to Sing Tao Daily.

Of the other victims, two are exchange students from the mainland and currently studying in the City University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

One lost HK$320,000 while the other lost 410,000 yuan.

They both told police that the swindlers pretended to be mainland police officers.

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