Woman fraudster surrenders to police

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 January, 2008, 12:00am

A confidence trickster has turned herself in two days after a woman was swindled out of HK$130,000 while she was waiting in line to make a deposit at the main Kowloon branch of the Hang Seng Bank in Nathan Road.

Police detained a 19-year-old woman on Wednesday who they said claimed to have been involved in the Monday lunchtime scam in Mong Kok.

The suspect was released on bail of HK$5,000 and police are still looking for other suspects.

Two women con artists duped a 19-year-old woman as she waited in line to deposit HK$130,000 - cash from her employer's company.

The two well-dressed fraudsters approached the clerical worker waiting in line and presented themselves as Hang Seng employees. They took her aside and told her they would help her deposit the cash.

After handing over the money, the victim was asked to wait for a receipt but when the pair did not return, she realised something was amiss and called police.

A police investigator said it was the first time they had heard of such a ruse. 'They were audacious to do this in a crowded place and under surveillance cameras,' he said.

Assistant Kowloon West regional crime prevention officer Yip Ching-han warned people to take care.

'We should verify the identification of any person who claims he or she is bank staff,' she said. 'You should not reveal to anyone that you are carrying a huge amount of money and you should deposit money over the counter in a bank.'

A Hang Seng Bank spokeswoman said: 'Other than using auto-teller machines, any deposit or withdrawal of money should be carried out over the counter.' All bank employees carried staff identity cards, she said.